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Business Opportunities on the Horizon Opportunities

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entrepreneurial spirit effectively catalysing growth. That

biggest trade wars...a big opportunity for some; one needs to

surely is not sufficient. The world is facing perhaps one of its retrospect...are we geared to grasp the opportunity...there is capability for sure!

As the Men-in-Blue prepare to put their best foot forward towards the World Cup...we too need to prepare ourselves; be ready to be an early mover in business, nimble and agile to navigate through the narrowest lanes of opportunities that

could sometimes open up into global highways propelling business into newer orbits.

Don’t wait for an opportunity as the opportunity is not going to wait for you. Be there, be relevant!

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Trigger Opportunities

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More Plastic Per Car: Hybrid / Electric Vehicles Will

Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman

Samvardhana Motherson Group, Noida

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PACKAGING SUCCESS

Snacking Industry to Lead the Growth of Flexible Packaging

Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director,

Uflex Ltd., Noida

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Through this edition, POLYMERS Communiqué navigates through the minds of opinion leaders and tries to bring some

AFRICA STORY

Sub-Saharan Africa: A Land of Growing Opportunities for Packaging

Innovation and Quality Will Place Indian Masterbatch Industry on the Global Map

Vikram Bhadauria, Managing Director ALOK Masterbatches Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

UPCOMING

Battery Separators and Battery Packaging Films: A Growing Opportunity

Sekaran Murugaiah, Vice President Business Development Asia Pacific, Davis-Standard, LLC, Malaysia

MED-MAGIC

Medical Polymers: Emerging Trends and Opportunities D. L. Pandya, CEO, Medical Plastics Data Service,

Ahmedabad

WIRED UP

Infrastructure Growth to Fuel Demand for HFFR Compounds Geetesh Bansal, Director, Shakun Polymers Ltd., Vadodara

SIVaRAM SPEAKS

Engineering Slippery Surfaces on Polymers: Fascinating World of Invisible Polymers

Dr. S. Sivaram, Former Director, CSIR-NCL, Honorary

Professor and INSA Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

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Arvind Mehta Chairman and Managing Director Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt. Ltd.

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Prof. (Dr.) N. C. Saha Director, Indian Institute of Packaging

Advertising Sales - National

N. K. Balgi formerly President & Director at Ferromatik Milacron India Pvt. Ltd.

gravity defying antics pass a message to us – ‘inspite of the pull-down that the industry witnesses, the business

opportunities will only make it swing to newer heights and friendlier neighbourhoods’.

The Brückner Focus: Speciality Films and Circular Economy

Chemours Fluoropolymer Technologies Benefit 5G Networks

The Chen Hsong Group - Hero Vision: It’s Not About What You See, It’s the Way of Seeing

Davis-Standard Reports Excellent Traffic at CHINAPLAS 2019

ILLIG Innovation: IC-RDM 73K Thermoformer

Nordson Filtration Systems Provide Plastics Recyclers With a Wide Choice

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Mind Speak Rakesh Shah

formerly Managing Director Pvt. Ltd. at Windmöller and Hölscher India

always have opportunities there. The existed and will always be changing. nature of businesses will keep inestimable sly ndou stupe be d woul There handling, opportunities in the areas of data which are management and applications of IoT, AI, rapidly moving into the realm ght control, advanced robotics, bionics, thou opportunities cryptocurrency etc. Business armament, will abound in space technologies, and tics logis tion, porta trans y, energ rs. secto tion unica comm ics will be The good news is that plast ng these maki for used ly asing incre be will Components transformations. activities required for all these industrial eight of and the versatility and lightw ever-rising plastics will ensure their impacted demand. Lifestyles will also be to changing in completely new ways due practices, mores, new work and HR declining and lation popu asing incre the per cially espe , earth the of resources has been capita area. The transformation for food happening pushing packaging hing pace. and healthcare to grow at a scorc ges in how These will bring in major chan ing and we make and use plastics. Alloy t specific altering the properties to targe new whole see will applications sses. proce and rials mate in ents developm The good times will continue.

Business

Rajesh Nath

Managing Director German Engineering Federation (VDMA) India Office

Plastics, due to its lightweight, has become a replacement for almost every other material including metals, stone , wood, glass and fabrics. Utilising the uses and benefits brought upon by plastics, innovation provides a massive opportunity to companies in expanding their business horiz ons.

Pushp Raj Singhvi

Arvind Mehta

S. K. Ray

Arvind Mehta

ent (Polymers)

formerly Sr. Executive Vice Presid at Reliance Industries Ltd.

Chairman and Managing Director Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt. Ltd.

rio witnessed a tough growth scena onment due to the onslaught of envir blow to v/s plastics which dealt a hard industry ssing proce ics plast of l the mora on hold of India. New investments were instead and the industry grew at 10% moving of 12+%. The industry is now with the towards a circular economy nising this. processing industry well recog ly to new We now have to adjust and comp I strongly fore, there ; rules ent onm envir rtunities feel that there will be great oppo ling. We in the organised sector of recyc to be do a lot, but this will now have . Scrap system based, encompassing many rtunity recycling will be a big business oppo th will in plastics in 2019-20. Rest grow continue @10+%.

2018

g strong Globally, the plastics industry is facin have created

headwinds. Prevailing narratives rtainty. In this an atmosphere of haze and unce opportunity milieu, paradoxically, there is an for future businesses. is occupying Pursuit of ‘circular economy’ . Plastics centre stage across all businesses most of the industry is no exception. In ucts made fields, plastics outperform prod sustainability on rials mate nal entio conv from cols and yardstick. However, prevailing proto flow of used practices of managing reverse cient and, in plastic products are highly ineffi many instances, non-existent. ring this Entrepreneurs are now explo els. These space with viable business mod wealth from would not only generate quest for waste, but also contribute to our sustainable growth.

N. K. Balgi

formerly President & Director at Ferromatik Milacron India Pvt. Ltd.

For plastics industry, keeping up with the global trends, the new business opportunities are available in trans portation, shifting to resource conservin g electric vehicles which is going to dem and wide variety of new products, powe r saving lighting system i.e. LED lighti ngs and luminaires. Growing health awar eness and desire to live a healthy life will grow the medical devices market. Government development prog rammes of infrastructure development will create opportunities for new polymer compounds to components. While we have been looking to the West for developments in ‘Internet’, it is time to look at Japan and China for deve lopment of ‘Things’.

Rajesh Nath

Rakesh Shah

N. K. Balgi

Prof. (Dr.) N. C. Saha

Director Indian Institute of Packaging

As per published data, the Indian packaging industry is growing @11 - 13%, annu ally and it is expected that this trend woul d continue for the next couple of years. Due to this fact, there is ampl e opportunity for business growth in the packaging sector in terms of manufacturing of raw materials and machinery, conversion and even as packaging service provider. In addition, there is great business opportunity in the postconsumer packaging waste sector in term s of collection, segregation and recycling of packaging waste. It is expected that this business will grow in India in line with a sustainable approach and also meet the requ irements of circular economy.

S. K. Ray

Prof. (Dr.) N. C. Saha


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Digest

actual structure of a complex machine

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mapp Motion software package.

intuitively in the configuration. The various subsystems of a machine can simply be linked together.

the machine, robot and other moving Coordinated

path

planning allows optimal utilisation of the dynamic limits of the individual

all specified process parameters are

of

between tool and workpiece.

used to represent the actual structure a

machine.

Coordinate

systems

a name that identifies it within the application.

This

ensures

clearly

organised, easily readable code - even in complex applications. The

‘programmed

function

couples

frame’

coordinate

system to an axis and defines an

additional degree of freedom. This allows

optimised

900 Delegates, 356 Organisations and 26 Countries Participate in Vinyl India - 2019

T

he Vinyl India - 9th International PVC

& Chlor - Alkali Summit was held

moving a

adhered to, such as the relative speed

between 15th and 16th April, 2019, at

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Only one controller is necessary for

components. It also guarantees that

coordinate system can be assigned

A-C

moving

The ‘frame hierarchy’ function can be

as the tool mounting flange. Each

Comexi Technological Center (CTec), in 2018, witnessed an increase in its specialised high value-added services; CTec performed 262 demonstrations and industrial tests, 63 training actions and 31 service advisories and trainings

with

General Path Planning

&R has added new functions to its

can be positioned at key points, such

Clariant masterbatches plants in Spain and Indonesia are global sites to comply with ISO 22000

combined

workpiece tables.

B

It is now possible to represent the

Arburg will present its large Freeformer 300-3X for the first time in America. The new machine for industrial additive manufacturing can be seen at Rapid + TCT in Detroit (Michigan, USA)

are

movements

and

better utilisation of robot dynamics.

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Sahara Star, Mumbai, India. Over 900 delegates from 356 organisations and 26 countries participated. The summit

was organised by Eliteplus Business Services, supported by the Department of

Chemicals

and

Petrochemicals

(DCPC), Government of India and CPMA.

need to coordinate the movements

Among the keynote addresses were

manually. The same applies in cases

Group who questioned if the Indian

of the gantry system and robot where

robots

or

CNC

machines

Vijay Sankar, Deputy Chairman, Sanmar vinyl industry is geared to partner an infra boom, where the market growth for PVC is very promising. Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and Green

Business Certification spoke on the LEED system goals and the green building performance standard and its impact mapp Motion makes it easy to synchronise the movements of robots with gantry systems or tool tables with no additional programming.

on sustainability and how PVC is best

suited as the green building material. Maneesh Dangi, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual

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industry scenario in detail in each of the business sessions.

Key take-aways from the summit were

Digest

that PVC is likely to see unabated growth in demand in India where it

DSM takes steps to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing and to instill a focus on sustainability in the additive manufacturing industry; it announces a beta version of its powder and continues to expand its portfolio with a myriad of partnerships

is already over 50% dependent on Fund spoke on the global growth slowing down, the China slowdown, Indian

consumption

and

more.

P. Raghavendra Rao, I.A.S., Secretary, Department

of

Chemicals

and

Petrochemicals, Government of India explained how technology and trends

in consumption are changing constantly

in all industries and its impact on the environment. Eisenmann Thermal Solutions focusses on solutions for thermal treatment in the areas of powder chemistry and battery materials; the focus is on robust, innovative pusher and rotary furnaces for the processing and treatment of chemical and metallic powders as well as graphites

to 4 or 5 million MTs, Indian capacities

will remain stagnant at present. Even the global scenario presents a similar picture

where

capacity

creation

is

not keeping pace with the demand

growth and operating rates are likely to

improve. In China, new capacities will be and large carbide based at present. The

INSA Senior Scientist, Indian Institute

stage and India needs an organisation

who very passionately spoke about the

working on sustainability issues for over

take head-on the sustainability issues.

The grand Vinyl India quiz was an added

evening

speech

was

Dr. S. Sivaram, Honorary Professor &

sustainability issue has assumed central

of Science Education & Research, Pune

similar to ‘VinylPlus’ in Europe which is

responsibility of the industry players to

six decades.

Dr. Mark Everard, Associate Professor of

Ecosystem

the

delegates

Services,

University

with

insightful

of the West of England addressed presentation

on

challenges

the

an

facing

opportunities the

PVC

fast-changing future.

There were 8 technical and business sessions

and

3

panel

discussions

covering the entire spectrum of the Indian and global vinyl industry.

Co-Exist, Compliment and Grow, where public awareness is required to be

created around the advantages based

on the long life of pipes. The second panel discussed the phasing out lead stabilisers from PVC pipes and the life cycle of PVC for flex banners. The

third panel spoke on the way forward for wood PVC and the part it plays in replacing wood as a material in the construction industry. reputed

speakers

companies

were

covered

attraction which kept delegates interest alive till the last session.

This summit provided an unparalleled opportunity for stakeholders from across

the vinyl chain to network, share ideas and engage in lively panel discussions.

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imports, but no new capacities are in

from

the

plastics industry is growing very and

with

increased usage of

flexible packaging in

FMCG,

usage

of automotive, a vibrant

electrical

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industry, growing use of computer peripherals

and

home

appliances

so much so that growing economy it is expected to touch 20 million metric

tonne

plastics

consumption

in the domestic market. Same way,

the export market is also growing due to competitive prices in India.

iTech Plast India Pvt. Ltd., with rich financial background and experts in

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precision

quality

plastic

parts

and

being located at Vibrant Gujarat’s city

Digest Heraeus presents a world record with an additive manufactured gear wheel made of amorphous metals at Automate 2019 in Chicago; the gear wheel was printed in a standard SLM system with material from Heraeus

HRScool enables hot runner systems with uncooled cylinder - an innovative solution for hot runner injection moulding, in which the otherwise necessary water cooling of the corresponding actuator can be dispensed with

Bhavnagar, aims to grow along with the market scenario in the coming

times, adding more and more machines and facilities to satisfy expectations of their customers.

Currently, iTech Plast has over 36 reputed branded machines with 24x7 operational working hours and in-

Technologies. “This is a validation of our

requirements of plastic parts with timely

move even more quickly as we make

precision tolerance.

The global polypropylene market is

house tool room, catering to customer

method, and it will help us continue to

delivery

plastics recycling a reality,” he adds.

schedules

while

achieving

valued at over USD 80 billion, according

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is on track to reach USD 133.3 billion by 2023. The Association of Plastics

Recyclers (APR) has identified 1 billion

P

ureCycle Technologies has partnered with global industrial manufacturer,

Milliken & Company, and the world’s

largest food and beverage company, Nestlé S.A., as it moves forward with plans to open its first plant to restore

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waste

feedstock

to

transform it into virgin-like resin. Milliken, whose additives will play a

critical

role

in

reinvigorating

recycled polypropylene, has formed an

exclusive

supply

relationship

with PureCycle to help solve the plastics end-of-life challenge. Nestlé

is working with PureCycle to develop new packaging materials that help

avoid plastics waste, in line with the company’s

commitment

to

make

100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

“These partners are helping us accelerate as we bring this solution to the market,” says Mike Otworth, CEO, PureCycle

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Traditional recycled PP (left), PureCycle recycled PP (right).

pounds

of

demand

recycled

in

North

polypropylene

America

alone.

The majority of that demand is for ‘high-quality’ recycled polypropylene, APR highlighted.

Avinash Verma Takes Charge as Managing Director of ONGC Petro additions Limited

A

vinash Verma, assumed charge as Managing Director of ONGC Petro

additions Limited (OPaL) on 15th April,

2019. He succeeded Avinash Joshi, I.A.S., whose tenure got over on 22nd February,

2019.

Avinash

Verma has close to four decades of in

experience

the

field

of

petrochemical and hydrocarbon sector

focusing

development, organisation

on

Avinash Verma

sales,

team

building,

business

leadership,

strategy

formulation and implementation, driving business growth and profitability. Prior

to

his

appointment

as

MD,

OPaL, he was working as Executive

Director, Petrochemicals with Indian

Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), a globally recognised,

Fortune

500

company.

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Avinash Verma has been associated

system ECOCONTROL 6000, a powerful

positions in oil & gas and petrochemical

mounted 22” TFT monitor, which shows

with

Digest Maag at Chinaplas 2019 will present insights into its broad portfolio of high-performance pelletisers, gear pumps and melt filters that help compounders and recyclers combine high productivity with high product quality

IOCL

since

1983,

in

various

marketing. He also piloted the launch of its petrochemicals business.

Avinash Verma is well-known in the country’s

petrochemical

industry

and has been closely working with various

Government-recognised

bodies. He was on the Board of Directors of Indian Synthetic Rubber

Pvt. Ltd. and currently also oversees responsibilities as the Vice President of

Chemicals

&

Petrochemicals

Manufacturers’

Association.

Petrochemicals

Industry

He

is

also the Co-Chairman of Chemicals & in FICCI.

motan-colortronic India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the motan group moved to their modern larger premises in Chennai, India; they say that they have tripled their production and storage space and have increased their product portfolio

Committee

Quality Control of Hoses and Tubes With SIKORA Measuring System

W

ith the X-RAY measuring system

X-RAY 6000 PRO from SIKORA,

quality control of hoses and tubes is done fast and precisely, directly in the extrusion

line.

Within

milliseconds,

an X-ray image of the product is generated showing all measuring values, such as diameter,

measuring

values

numerically

as well as graphically as trend and statistical data. The wall thickness is displayed at eight measuring values as standard. Additionally, an intelligent

physical evaluation model determines

the minimum wall thickness, meaning

the available value that optimally

supports the operator to control the

process. Moreover, the physical model enables the visualisation of the wall thickness at any position over the

total circumference of the hose or

tube. For example, as an alternative to the standard display of 8 measuring values, a visualisation of 12 or more

measuring values is possible. The

operator selects how many points and at which position the values are being displayed. Furthermore, the processor system is used for an automatic control of the line speed, respectively

extruder rpm. Hence, it guarantees to comply with given specifications as

well as the highest performance for a maximum of process optimisation and productivity.

The X-RAY 6000 PRO of

to the needs of our customers in

and eccentricity.

for the measurement multi-layered

products is combined

with the display and control

“The new PX Agile is perfectly tailored

China. Both up-and-coming small and medium-size companies and established large companies increasingly request short

response

and

delivery

times

in order to adapt to the rapidly

M-N

changing conditions of the market. Furthermore,

low

investment

costs

and easy operability of the machines

X-RAY 6000 PRO with standard display.

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the

The New PX Agile by KraussMaffei: World Premiere at CHINAPLAS 2019

ovality, wall thickness

Ningbo GuangLin Machinery presented the SZ serial vacuum pump specially designed for plastic extrusion equipment at CHINAPLAS 2019

processor system with a vertically

German quality meets Chinese agility: The new all-electric PX Agile.

POLYMERS Communiqué l April - May 2019


are in demand,” explains Dr. Hans

Ulrich Golz, President of the Injection

Digest

Molding

Machinery

Segment

KraussMaffei Group.

of

“The new PX Agile offers precisely the SABIC thermoplastic materials at the forefront of aircraft manufacturing; the company highlighted that SABIC is at the vanguard of development of innovative material technologies and manufacturing processes to support the aircraft interiors industry

advantages that dynamic companies in China request: large platens and high

varied,

performance, flexible

which

application

permit

of

the

machines in production,” says Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz. Furthermore, options for retrofits

or

upgrades

are

available

for the PX Agile, allowing for a quick

and flexible response to changing market conditions.

The new PX Agile is ideal for standard applications, for example for technical components, electric and electronic devices

and

packaging Samhwa Corporation came up with a range of colour concentrates, additive masterbatches and speciality concentrated compounds at CHINAPLAS 2019

At

for

and

CHINAPLAS

the

automotive,

2019,

KraussMaffei

160 on the market with a respective clamping force of 800 or 1600 kN. Both exhibits

impressively

series: stability, precision, short cycle and

maximum

flexibility

for

ensure consistent quality. By creating synergistic effects through the right

combination and amount of each active ingredient, the solution delivers a low coefficient of friction (COF) over time.

It also helps prevent migration to the film surface that can affect downstream operations

and

helps

reduce

film

blocking that can cause damage - all

at cost-effective low loadings. The masterbatch

is

approved

for

food

contact in Europe, the United States and China.

“This new technology advancement demonstrates our strong commitment to

DuPont Launches New Masterbatch Combining Anti-block and Slip for PE Blown Film at CHINAPLAS 2019

the

industry

success by

silicone-based help

of

customers

throughput,

the

supplying

high

solutions achieve

that

seamless

productivity

Division, launched at CHINAPLAS 2019

way to optimise PE film processing,

Polymers, a global business unit

of the DowDuPont Specialty Products its new DOW CORNING™ AMB-12235 masterbatch

for

blown film. The masterbatch

combines an

agent

anti-block with

a

compatible

slip additive to improve

film

polyethylene

(PE)

Paulo,

Strategic

Industrial

Marketer,

says

and

D

uPont Transportation & Advanced

quality,”

packaging

innovative,

consistent

processing and

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demonstrated

the advantages of the new PX Agile

various applications.

S

industry.

launched the PX Agile 80 and PX Agile

times

Solvay announced that Performance Plastics Ltd. chose Torlon® PAI for its expanded line of EnduroSharp™ scraper blades that are designed to remove tough materials from delicate fibre-reinforced composite surfaces

medical

DuPont’s DOW CORNING™ AMB-12235 masterbatch for PE blown film helps improve processing for high-quality, flexible packaging applications.

and

Christophe

EMEA,

Consumer DuPont.

“When customers asked us for a simpler

we developed this innovative, high-

performance combined masterbatch. It helps film makers avoid spending time and effort to calculate the right ratio

of anti-block and slip additives by trial and error. It also streamlines handling,

storage and management of additive inventories,” adds Christophe Paulo. The agenda is to: NN

Deliver Improved Film Processing

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Use Millad NX 8000 for Reduction of PM 2.5 Pollution during the Production of Clear Polypropylene ®

Milliken’s next-generation Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifier for polypropylene (PP) enables PP to approach the clarity of glass, while at the same time allows the material to be processed at significantly lower temperatures thus enabling an average of 10% energy savings1. Millad® NX™ 8000 is the first green polypropylene additive that has been validated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its energy savings benefits. You can also contribute to the reduction of PM2.5 by using Millad® NX™ 8000 resin. 1 Validated by the independent organisation UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

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Ensure

NN

Compatibility

effectiveness

Digest WINTEC, a member of the ENGEL Group, at CHINAPLAS 2019 showcased to customers, product lines of extraordinary servohydraulic as well as allelectric injection moulding machines which can cover a broad spectrum of applications

Simplify

NN

Cost-

effort of its kind since the company was

Inventory

invested over € 375 million in its plants

and

Production,

and Logistics

I

n the fiscal year just passed, ENGEL generated 54% of its turnover in

Europe, while Asia accounted for 21% and the Americas for 24%. Dr. Christoph of

the

Group that has

CSO

Zac Posen, GE Additive and Protolabs unveiled a collaboration featuring a range of innovative, sculptural 3D printed garments and accessories inspired by the concept of freezing natural objects in motion

a

t

CHINAPLAS

for

the

Chinese

Digital

The

managed

moulding

machines

2019,

time,

version

of

customer

assistance

Arburg,

presented its

packages

new

portal. and

the potential of augmented reality

on

ENGEL

first

‘arburgXworld’

for

showcased

believes

injection

A (AR)

ENGEL

to maintain its leading global position in

around the globe.

Arburg at CHINAPLAS 2019: Prospects for Digitalised Plastics Processing

ENGEL Ends Fiscal Year With Growth - Investments Strengthen Competitive Position

Steger,

founded in 1945. All in all, ENGEL has

the

service as

subject

exhibited

purposes

further of

were

highlights

digitalisation.

machines

were

networked with the Arburg ALS host computer system.

and integrated systems solutions as

“Digital transformation is a topic that

presence, powerful ability to innovate

focusing on for years and one that

a result of its strong international and consistent focus on quality and customer service. Despite

robust

growth

we as industry leaders have been

we are currently defining with our

rates

characterising the first half of the

2018/19 fiscal year, ENGEL has noticed

a worldwide decline in production since last summer in the automotive industry, its most important target

sector. In China, the world’s largest market Zhejiang LEENY Technology Co., Ltd. showcased the pres-relief type centre waste discharge melt filter at CHINAPLAS 2019

W-Z

for

the

automotive

share of the decrease in economic growth since Autumn 2018.

‘arburgXworld’ customer portal launched at CHINAPLAS 2019.

Electric Vehicles Driving Innovation and Growth Particularly in Asia, the market share held by electric vehicles is continuing to

increase

substantially,

which

is

helping to encourage innovation in this area. In Asia, ENGEL is expecting further impetus for growth for the

current fiscal year in the medical, packaging,

telecommunications

electronics markets.

and

ENGEL has almost completed its 2020 investment

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cars,

industry has accounted for a significant

programme,

the

largest

‘Road to Digitalisation’ campaign,” explains

Zhao

Tong,

Managing

Director of the Arburg organisations in China.

“We offer our customers a wide range of new perspectives and join them on the path to the digital future of plastics

processing. This will also enable them

to fully meet the requirements of the government’s ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial

Zhao Tong.

development

plan,”

adds

POLYMERS Communiqué l April - May 2019


READY-STEADY-GO

Vivek Chaand Sehgal Chairman Samvardhana Motherson Group Noida

More Plastic Per Car

Hybrid / Electric Vehicles Will Trigger Opportunities 36

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“A VUCA world brings in a lot of opportunities, so we have to be on our toes as well as be

very, very financially strong and prudent. We, at Motherson, follow change management

processes and prepare ourselves to quickly

respond to the changes that come our way,” states Vivek Chaand Sehgal, in dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué.

Q. Living in this VUCA world, is a 5-year forecast that companies resort to (some even more) a practical approach? Automotive car manufacturers normally follow a five-year product cycle planning. Therefore, we also follow our customer and

prepare five-year business plans. Our sales and manufacturing teams communicate closely with our customers, understand their requirements and prepare business plans to serve them.

Also, a VUCA world brings in a lot of opportunities, so we have to be on our toes as well as be very, very financially strong and prudent.

Q. How do you seek your preparedness to manage ‘change’? Change is the only constant. Being an automotive supplier, we keep

experiencing changes at various stages of business. We, at Motherson, follow change management processes and prepare ourselves to

quickly respond to the changes that come our way. Our favourite quote on change is, ‘Avoiding change is like holding your breath; if you succeed, then you die!!! If you can get used to change, it gives you the impetus to grow!

Q. As an automotive part manufacturer, according to you, in the coming years, which automotive parts / modules will benefit significantly by replacement with plastics? Hybrid / electrification and CAFÉ norms demand light-weighting of parts. We offer solutions to our customers for conversion from metal

Our favourite quote on change

is,

‘Avoiding

change is like holding your breath; if you succeed, then you die!!! If you can get used to change, it gives you the impetus to grow!

to plastic and thinning of plastic parts. We have solutions to offer exterior parts like front-end modules, fenders in plastic etc. However,

we do not take bets, but adapt to the change very quickly so whatever our customers ask of us, we are well-prepared to deliver.

Q. India is said to be a net importer of automotive components today. Do you see this as a big opportunity? Can this translate into a big opportunity for plastics as well? The focus and demand of our customers is to maximise

localisation. At Motherson, we set up our manufacturing plants To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at subscriptions@polymerscommunique.com

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PACKAGING SUCCESS

Ashok Chaturvedi Chairman and Managing Director Uflex Ltd. Noida

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Snacking Industry to Lead the Growth of Flexible Packaging

We have done a

lot in recycling

“Upgraded technology infrastructure and digitalisation in

that has been

most of the areas has become imperative to the growth

awarded

culture of the industry,” articulates Ashok Chaturvedi, in

nationally and

dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué.

internationally

Q. How do you see the growth of the flexible packaging industry over the next 3 years. Which sub-sector of packaging do you think will outperform the other?

committed to

and we are

this with all

other people to

The growth of flexible packaging industry in the next 5 years of time will be 5% to

make plastics

7%, and the snacking industry will take the lead in the growth.

Q. How capital intensive can it get for flexible packaging companies to invest in technology upgrades to keep in demand with the dynamic needs of the CPG companies?

a wonderful

material, as a

boon to mankind.

As the name denotes ‘flexible’, you can start with a minimum of USD 10 million

and a good size project has USD 100 million to start or expand in the flexible packaging industry. Again, the traits of ‘flexible’ are - fast, flexible and efficient /

durable. To attain this to the optimal level, it becomes imperative to invest in technology upgrades to increase agility. Upgraded technology infrastructure and digitalisation

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AFRICA STORY

Sub-Saharan Africa A Land of Growing Opportunities for Packaging

Reducing food losses and waste, and seeking ways to address the needs of a growing and

rapidly urbanising population at a minimum cost have become a challenge, while offering

opportunities for growth in the

A

packaging industry in Africa.

ccording to Smithers Pira, the

worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print

industry supply chains, the global market

for packaging was a little over US$ 772 billion in 2012

and was projected to grow at an annual rate of 4% to reach

US$ 975 billion in 2018. Africa accounted for only about 2% of the global packaging sales in 2012 compared to 3% for the Middle East, 5% for South and Central America, and 6% for Eastern Europe. For the same period, Asia, North America and Western

Europe accounted for 36%, 23% and 22% of the total global sales of packaging, respectively. Packaging consumption in Africa was estimated to reach 3% of

total global packaging sales in 2018. Flexible and rigid packaging constituted 21% and 22%, respectively of the global packaging market in 2012 and was Kofi Essuman Chief Executive Officer GS1 Ghana Ghana

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projected to grow to 22% and 23%, respectively in 2018 (Vlad Savinov, The Future of Packaging, 2013).

Plastics Aid Africa’s Changing Scenario In terms of packaging consumption, Africa can be classified into two distinct

regions: the industrialised Northern Africa and South Africa where the packaging

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industry is well developed; and the less industrialised Sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the past two decades, SubSaharan Africa has witnessed increasing urbanisation,

modern

consumerism,

growing middle-class and globalisation.

These developments have led to vast demographic changes and significant

shifts in lifestyles. Urban populations are eating on-the-go and looking for convenient packaging options such

as small unit packs and reclosable /

resealable packaging in line with urban lifestyles, but at a minimum cost. There has, therefore, been an increase in

the consumption of affordable fast-

Reducing food losses and waste, and

Packaging Insights, 2018).

of a growing and rapidly urbanising

moving consumer goods (Laxmi Haigh,

seeking ways to address the needs

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NYT CORNER OFFICE

The flamboyant billionaire, who built a global empire out of a mail-order record

business, looks to his daughter for guidance as Virgin tries to keep up with the times.

Richard and Holly Branson A Father-Daughter Conversation

F

or more than four decades, Richard Branson

has personified showy entrepreneurship on a grand scale.

After starting a mail-order record business in 1970, he

used his marketing savvy and personal brand to turn his Virgin empire into a disparate conglomerate that

included everything from mobile phone carriers to hotels and airlines. Along the way, he raced hot-air

balloons, started a space tourism company, turned a Richard Branson and Holly Branson, Virgin

Caribbean island into a private oasis and was knighted at

David Gelles Columnist and Business Reporter, NYT Corner Office

Even at 67, Richard Branson has not eased off the

Presented by

Barack Obama and a month-long endurance challenge,

in conversation with

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Buckingham Palace.

extreme sports. Between kitesurfing with former President he is lobbying other business leaders to be more responsible, and working with his daughter Holly as she becomes more involved in the business.

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Holly Branson Virgin

Richard Branson Virgin

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Holly Branson studied as a doctor before joining

treated at companies is despicable. It’s two- or three-

team, she has worked on businesses including

able to work from home. The length of holidays is

Virgin 10 years ago. As a member of the leadership Virgin Hotels, and is chair of the company’s

foundation, Virgin Unite. She is now working to improve the culture and employee benefits across

the company, leading to speculation that she will one day replace her father as the face of the brand.

This interview, condensed and edited for clarity,

was conducted at the Virgin offices in New York City as the Bransons travelled to promote a new book Holly Branson co-wrote, ‘WEconomy’.

Q. What was it like growing up with Richard Branson as a dad? Holly Branson (HB): I would be playing video games at one end of the sitting room while the Rolling Stones were chatting at the other end, and not have any clue about what was going on.

Richard Branson (RB): We worked on a houseboat, and we had one room for the living room, and

that’s also where I did all my meetings. So my poor wife had to retreat to the bedroom when we had

a meeting. The kids didn’t. They stayed crawling around the room.

HB: She didn’t have to retreat. She probably chose to retreat.

dreadful. At Virgin, Holly has been leading the way in really trying to get that right.

HB: Well, Dad was doing this instinctively when he was building the business. He was allowing people to work from where they wanted to. As

long as you get your work done, it doesn’t matter where you are. And he’s proof that you can build a business from basically being at home all the time.

For the last 10 years, we’ve been really making sure it’s embedded in the business. We tried to

bring unlimited leave in the U.K., but it took us

18 months to do it legally, just trying to give people more holiday. Now we do it, and people

don’t run out the door. They just feel valued and trusted.

RB: Yeah. If they have a wedding, or they have a birthday, they don’t have to ask. They just do it. It’s how you would treat your children, and how you should treat people who you’re working with.

Q. Does that trickle all the way down to some of the most junior employees at Virgin? RB: I mean, some jobs, it’s obviously not possible.

RB: But I chose my lady well. She’s Glaswegian

Pilots or cabin crew, we need to know that

to earth. Her one and only priority

where it really is easy to do. The idea that you could

I suspect I see

have a really special holiday without feeling bad

and an incredible mom, and very down

they’re going to turn up. But there are other jobs

is the kids and grandkids.

just go off for two months to Bali, and be paid, and

more of Holly

about it - you’re going to love that company that

If all businesses

start doing the right thing for their

communities and the world as a whole, all of the world’s problems could

than

most

dads, which is

unusual when

be solved.

you think we’ve

got 80,000 people

does that.

Q. What are some other areas where you’re focused on improving benefits for employees?

Virgin

HB: We’re trying to design the maternity and

managed to get that balance

they can take time off, too. The big thing for us now

working

for

around the world. We have between working hard and spending an awful lot of time

together.

still do.

And

we

Q. It’s nice to hear a man bring up the importance of work-life balance for once. RB: In America, the way people are

50

week holidays, no flexible working, nobody being

paternity policies the right way so that men feel

is making it culturally acceptable for a man to take

the time off. And then it means that the women

aren’t always feeling that it’s their careers that are getting sidelined.

Q. Holly, you trained to be a doctor. Why did To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at

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HANDS-FULL

Innovation and Quality Will Place

Indian Masterbatch Industry on the Global Map Indian masterbatch industry globally becoming the leading source of indigenous, affordable

manufacturing technologies for the plastics market... big opportunities ahead.

I

n 2017, India overtook France to become the sixth largest economy in the world and is now expected to surpass the U.S. to be the

third largest economy by 2030. This is impressive considering the overall strain the global economy

Vikram Bhadauria Managing Director ALOK Masterbatches Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi

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continues to experience.

“India’s economy is picking up and growth prospects look bright - partly thanks to the implementation of recent policies, such as the

nationwide goods and services tax. As one of the

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world’s fastest-growing economies - accounting

On

economy has helped to lift millions out of

operational excellence and fills the gaps with an

for about 15 per cent of global growth - India’s poverty” - International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF’s positive sentiment towards the Indian

economy is echoed by many other international bodies such as the World Bank and UNDP, and

the

other

hand,

smart

manufacturing

understands the strengths and weaknesses of

overlay of agility. Smart manufacturing isn’t about

sacrificing anything associated with operational excellence. Instead, it’s about keeping operational excellence and adding agility.

is testament to their confidence in India and the

A good example is a pit crew changing a tire.

economic growth.

the right tools they need to change the tire

expectation that it will continue to drive global

The fact that we largely skipped industrialisation phase between the agrarian revolution and

technology boom - presents an exciting opportunity to enhance manufacturing in all sectors to cater

to the domestic demand and export to growing economies of Africa and South East Asia.

India’s manufacturing industry has gone through several phases - from the initial License Raj to current phase of liberalisation and global competitiveness.

Today,

Indian

manufacturing

companies are targeting global markets and are becoming formidable global competitors. Since

2014,

government

the

The crew is highly skilled, and they have exactly

quickly and easily. Having the tools without highly trained and highly skilled people would be a disaster. They probably couldn’t even get

the tire changed. But, having highly trained and highly skilled people without the right tools wouldn’t be much better. They’d probably get the job done eventually, but it would take a

long time. It’s the combination of the people

and the tools that make it possible to achieve operational excellence and agility.

The world has changed. What worked in the past, may not work so well now. But that’s what smart

manufacturing is all about - being agile, utilising new technology and remembering that people are

has

your No. 1 resource. In the end, it is an opportunity

channelised its energies

to increase productivity by 50 per cent, with

to increase the contribution

50 per cent reduction in resources required.

Leading by Example - The Indian Masterbatch Industry India has been emerging

as a leading hub for plastics

manufacturing

of

manufacturing

by

2022.

to

the

with

much-needed

impetus

from

our

government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the spotlight

processing

around the world. And, with innovation

our

at the heart of manufacturing, the Indian

GDP from 16% to 25% And

and

masterbatch industry has been striving to

develop speciality value-based solutions for the

plastics industry.

Globally, the plastics industry has faced a lot

is back on the manufacturing sector.

of

Driving Smart Manufacturing - Adding Agility to Operational Excellence

to mitigate this risk, the Indian masterbatch

The best old-school manufacturing focused on

operational excellence. It was about controlling variables, reducing cost, and optimising demand and supply. It was good, but only as far as it went.

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backlashes

with

players

lately,

biodegradability have

due

and

invested

to

its

challenges

recyclability.

heavily

in

R&D

But to

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UPCOMING

Battery Separators and Battery Packaging Films

A Growing Opportunity

“With the advent of

EV (electric vehicle) car

batteries and associated

components, there is a

lot of growth in this area.

The cost of the EV battery when compared to the

total cost of the vehicle

is still high,” highlights

Sekaran Murugaiah, in

dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué.

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Sekaran Murugaiah Vice President Business Development Asia Pacific Davis-Standard, LLC Malaysia

Q. Designing a green machine. Tell us your approach to address this growing demand. Our approach involves a detailed understanding of the voice of the customer, prevailing and anticipated legislation pertaining to sustainability, waste and energy requirements, and knowing the supply chain from

start to finish. Due to our R&D capabilities, we are open to pilot any new development in partnership with customers.

Q. The Davis-Standard business in India; how do you see the coming years? What do you consider as your flagship product here in the extrusion and converting business? India remains a key growth market for Davis-Standard, despite very

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low per capita consumption of flexible packaging,

place a strong emphasis on customer service

footprints all over Asia and are demanding

talented staff at locations worldwide and offer

because global converters are growing their more

sophisticated

extrusion

coating

and

lamination lines. An example is the dsX™ flex-

pack single and tandem extrusion coating and lamination lines. These lines are built at our

Suzhou facility with the latest Davis-Standard technology to meet the requirements of the Asian marketplace.

and technology development. We have a very innovation

that

accommodates

customers

from a regional perspective. No matter where a

customer is located, we have the capacity to provide

them with single-source machinery technology and the after-sale support and service to keep them running strong. We want customers to get

the most out of their investment for the lifetime of their equipment.

Q. Do you see battery separators as a promising opportunity for you globally?

Q. Recent innovations at Davis-Standard that you wish to share with the industry...

With the advent of EV (electric vehicle) car batteries

In response to the increased demand for ‘smart’

growth in this area. The cost of the EV battery

Activ-Check

and associated components, there is a lot of when compared to the total cost of the vehicle is still high. Davis-Standard is involved in supplying

machinery for both, battery separators and battery packaging films.

Q. Your thoughts on building a global enterprise in today’s time. What does it take? Davis-Standard

is

very

much

a

global

enterprise. We have been very strategic in

our acquisitions and company expansion, and

technology, Davis-Standard introduced the DS system

for

continuous

extruder

monitoring. Activ-Check enables processors to take

India remains a key growth market for

Davis-Standard, despite very

low per capita

consumption of flexible

packaging.

advantage of real-time preventative maintenance by

providing

early

notifications

of

potential

extruder failures. Machine operators are alerted to

issues before they happen, preventing unnecessary downtime, while also collecting valuable data. Key parameters monitored include extruder reducer, To know more, please subscribe to Polymers Communiqué at

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MED-MAGIC

Industry has witnessed

an increasing impact of

thermoplastic elastomers,

biodegradable polymers, shape-

memory polymers and antimicrobial

plastics in the medical field; the areas

continue to show promise for growth.

Medical Polymers

Emerging Trends and Opportunities

D. L. Pandya CEO Medical Plastics Data Service Ahmedabad

L

ike any other sector, the plastics industry or

the medical device industry is also looking for emerging trends. The origin for some of

the trends are from campaign-based ideology - the examples for which in the medical applications are

requirements for bisphenol- A free materials, polyvinyl chloride free devices etc.

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Transparency Market Research estimates that the U.S. antimicrobial plastics market will All

very

actually

good-looking

be

trends.

ideas

Some

of

exhibit a 9.3% CAGR from 2014 to

may

the

2020, rising from a valuation of

ideas which have shown potential for

implementation

are

driven

USD 662.3 mn in 2013 to a

by

integration of technologies between

revenue opportunity

patients. A few of such material-based

1,227 mn by

trends are highlighted in this article.

Many

medical

devices

need

a

combination of hard and soft materials

such as respiratory masks, precision syringes, tubings, catheters, bags for

infusion solutions, implants - such as artificial heart valves and joints etc. that are meant for long-time use. The reason that such materials will be preferred is because of their high

degree of purity (low level of extractable compounds),

their

cost-effectiveness.

recyclability

Also,

and

for

their

application to replace

Antimicrobial

latex

plastics inhibit

which

is

understood to cause

the growth of

allergic

microorganisms

some

reactions

addition,

in a variety of

Over the past decades, biodegradable polymers have proven to be a very meaningful

2020.

Thermoplastic Elastomers

patients. they

in

In

are

human of

that will be

inside

body

by

metabolism

the

means

within a period

between several days and years. Put simply,

an

implant

manufactured

from these materials will completely disappear without further action.

A well-established medical application is absorbent surgical suture materials that were introduced in the early

1960s. Currently, there are five major groups

materials

of

biodegradable

commercially

plastic

available.

However, combining these by means of copolymerisation or compounding, an

enormous variety of materials may be obtained as: NN

Polyglycolic Acid (PGA)

are flexible.

NN

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

contain, thus

Technological

NN

Polycaprolactone (PCL)

NN

Polyanhydrides

NN

Polylactic-Co-Glycolic Acid (PLGA)

playing a big

the

role in extending

in

thermoplastic

elastomer processing

targeted

will disintegrate and eventually vanish when

implanted

into

the

human

disintegration

may

be

actively

body, while the time and process of

influenced by engineering. For instance, many medical devices are used as implants, system,

serving

intended

as

to

drug

delivery

continuously

administering a drug without any need for repeating intake of medicines. This

offers diverse benefits. The drug may be delivered continuously right at the

desired location within the human body, bypassing the digestive system

and the liver. Further, convenience of the patient is increased as (s)he is released from remembering when and

how to intake drugs or any additional implant. Prominent example is small

easy to sterilise and

advancements

for

surgical intervention to remove the

products that

they enclose or

approach

drug delivery. These types of polymers

to a plastic

dismantled

7.5 % till 2024.

For Targeted Drug Delivery

of nearly USD

technocrats, medical professionals and

orthobiologics and others) and is

expected to grow at a CAGR over

subcutaneous rod-shaped implants, a few millimetres in diameter and 5 - 10

mm in length, applied as a contraceptive.

Shape-Memory Polymers

made

An implant based on one of these

For Healthcare

choice

will be replaced by body’s own material,

shape-memory polymers (SMPs). Just

manufacturing, leading to an increase

superfluous. Widespread applications

elastomers

As

osteosynthesis.

at

does bear the entire load direct after

projected to reach USD 7.92 billion

mobility immediately and the body gets

by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.5%.

time to start healing of the bone.

Biodegradable Polymers

According

the quality and

industry

has

biodegradable polymers subsequently

Another interesting group of plastics are

device

making implant removal after healing

like the better-known shape-memory

in demand for thermoplastic medical

are screws, plates and fixing pins for

per

medical

with several advantages. The implant

and

implantation.

these

shelf-life of the

an

products.

for

‘Markets

elastomers USD

in

5.11

ideal

medical

medical

&

market

billion

elastomers

devices.

Markets’, was

in

valued

2016

is

As Implant Basing

Within the world of medical devices, biodegradable polymers usually refer

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This

The

to

an

comes

patient

along

regains

estimate,

the

Biodegradable Bone Graft Polymers

market size was over USD 350 million

in 2016 (including joint reconstruction, craniomaxillofacial,

dental,

spine,

alloys,

these

will

‘remember’

their

original shape when deformed, and flip back to the initial shape when exposed to an external stimulus. These stimuli

may be an electric field, light, changes

in pH value, or, as most commonly, changes in temperature. Some SMPs

even can retain three shapes, their initial (permanent) shape and two deformed To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at

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wired up

Sponsored by

Geetesh Bansal Director Shakun Polymers Ltd. Vadodara

“The Government is planning for smart cities across India where the cable

specifications are likely to be as per the

new HFFR standards, aiming for best quality installations. The changing trend from 3G

to 4G to 5G has also led to the increasing

demand for HFFR compounds in this sector,” strongly opines Geetesh Bansal, in dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué.

Q. What big opportunities do you see upcoming in the cable compounds business?

Introduction of new Indian standard ‘Halogen Free Flame Retardant (HFFR) cables for working voltages

up to and including 1,100 volts IS 17048:2018’ is a complete replacement of PVC building wire

application which will increase the overall HFFR cable compound business. HFFR

cables

are

produced

applications as below: NN NN

for

a

variety

of

Wind energy Solar energy

Infrastructure Growth to Fuel Demand for HFFR Compounds

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Sponsored by

NN

Nuclear power

NN

Shipboards

NN

Metro

All the above applications need the HFFR cables over PVC cables due to the several advantages highlighted here: NN

Better electrical performance.

NN

Safe and non-toxic to humans, animals and the environment.

NN

Non migration of its components to the external environment.

NN

When exposed to fire; it releases non-toxic and no corrosive gases.

NN

Highly flame retardant, complying to all relevant specifications and standards.

Q. Shakun is in the midst of an expansion plan - share with us more details on your expansion. Any new products or market segments you plan to address with this expansion? Shakun Polymers Ltd. is setting up a new unit

From the new Halol unit of Shakun Polymers, we wish to meet the ever-increasing demand of solar cable compounds, both in domestic as well as international market.

at Halol, Gujarat, India for production of HFFR

compounds, with a planned annual capacity of 30,000 mts. (15,000 mts. in the first phase).

From this unit, wish to meet the increase in demand from the domestic market and also to

cater to the ever-increasing demand of solar

cable compounds, both in domestic as well as international market.

Q. A business philosophy that you strongly believe in... We take special pride in creating customised products for customers according to their needs and demands.

For specific product applications of customer,

we research, innovate and develop the required compounds

to

suit

specified applications.

their

specifications

or

Shakun’s business philosophy is to, ‘Deliver world-class products at competitive prices to achieve customer satisfaction’.

Q. ECON has been one of your strategic vendors in business. Tell us more about the products you use from ECON and how their pelletising system has benefited your processes. We have been using the ECON pelletising system since 2015.

The complete set-up being used is well equipped and customised to suit our requirements.

In specific, the temperature control of the final product is excellent. With the ECON system, we feel that the pelletising of compounds

containing soft polymers is easy and no sticking is observed due to the controlled temperature.

Overall, I believe, the production output as well as

quality has improved significantly; to add, the post sales service provided by ECON is good as well.

Q. What role has regulations played in the growth of your business. What further impact of regulations do you see that your industry can witness in the next 3 - 5 years? Implementation of GST by the Government of

India

has

helped

in

easing

business

transactions and avoids cascading effect of multiple tax regimes.

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Sponsored by

Photo courtesy: Econ

Semi-conductive compound.

safety rules and regulations leading towards a very good demand for HFFR compounds.

On other side, the Government is working on continuous improvement in upgrading the

communication system by changing the trend from 3G to 4G to 5G, which has led to increasing demand for HFFR compounds in the industry. Hence HFFR

the

growth

compounds,

and

both

in

demand power

telecommunication is very promising.

The Shakun facility.

of

and

In the coming years, digitalisation will play

Q. How do you compare your domestic business and your exports business in context of product mix and profitability?

self-governance.

Since Shakun exports close to 50%, the product

an

important

part

with

thrust

given

to

Q. Power v/s telecommunications...which is the bigger focus for Shakun? Where do you see bigger growth? Shakun has focused on both, power as well as

telecommunication. In my opinion, both sectors are witnessing growth.

To elaborate, the Government is planning for smart cities across India where the cable

specifications are likely to be as per the

mix in exports market is better than the domestic market because of various end-use

applications, which is encouraging and at the same time challenging for R&D. Profit margins are almost similar in both these markets.

Notwithstanding, due to the implementation of

new standards in the Indian market, the demand for HFFR compounds for various application has been increasing.

new HFFR standards, aiming for best quality installations. This will increase the demand

Q. If you were to invest another Rs. 50 crore, where would you invest and why?

of HFFR compounds in the power cable area. Further, high-rise buildings, new hospitals and

We will invest in new plant and machinery with

airports are following very stringent and new

similar and aligned line of applications near to our existing set-up. 

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SIVARAM SPEAKS

Engineering Slippery Surfaces on Polymers The Fascinating World of Invisible Polymers The simplicity of the method used makes the process of

engineering slippery surfaces

on polyolefins a very attractive approach. This property may

have many useful applications,

such as in packaging (for better

draining of the contents) and to confer polyolefin surfaces with

anti-bacterial properties.

Dr. S. Sivaram Former Director, CSIR-NCL Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

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Figure 1: A drowned lizard found in a freshly opened pitcher of Nepenthes rajah.

Emulating Nature Surface engineering of polymers to render them slippery to fluids is

beneficial for many applications. These surfaces are broadly termed as ‘slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces’, in short, SLIPS and have been

shown to be useful in many applications, such as anti-fouling, selfcleaning, anti-icing and anti-bacterial surfaces as well as reduction in drag

of a fluid in motion [1]. SLIPS was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher

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plant Nepenthes, which captures insects using a slippery jug-like leaf with microscopic ridges

covered in a lubricating layer of nectar (Refer Figure 1).

Typically, for a surface to show SLIPS behaviour, it must have a lubricant on the surface. To generate

stable

SLIPS,

the

polymer

surface

must have micro-roughness which can hold the lubricant by capillary action and the polymer surface

must

have

greater

affinity

for

the

lubricant than the fluid it is meant to repel. The polymer surface can, either be a dense material

where surface roughness or porosity is created, or a polymer rendered absorbent by virtue of

its molecular structure. Coating a lubricant on an appropriate surface is the most practical

way to engineer slippery character to surfaces and the technique has been widely explored [2]. However, to date, the polymer choices that

are amenable to such modifications have been limited to silicones or fluorinated polymers.

Boreyko and coworkers have recently shown

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Polyolefin films were so far considered as

non-porous and their

ability to infuse oils by

capillary action was not

deemed possible. These

results establish that this presumption may not be correct.

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RESEARCH REPORT

Online Survey for Understanding Impact of Reviews in e-Commerce (OS 2019) Results Declared

T

he OS 2019 survey by POLYMERS Communiqué well serves as a guide post for the companies who wish to go

online with business. Most times, all macro parameters of going online are debated and well deliberated on by the

management; one of the more frequently ignored aspect of ‘impact of reviews’ is what POLYMERS Communiqué

picks up this time for industry benefit. An objective achieved by POLYMERS Communiqué! Online reviews have in them to

provide a strong support to make your online presence and enable purchase! Capturing this B2C flavour, the B2B segment could well benefit and take cue! Review building, a new marketing speciality is in the offing!

Industry surveys from POLYMERS Communiqué are crafting a new niche for itself and providing the readers a very valued insight into this fiercely competitive market. The responses would serve as a general guide; you would, however, need to evaluate, validate and map responses for your business in specific. Have a read...

Survey Basics

 Sample Size: 151

l

 Format: Electronic

l

 Response Tabulation: Singular

l

12.78%

Moderately Very Rarely Very Often

Infrequently

17.29%

45.12%

24.81% How often do e-purchases get? Less than 10 years ago, this question would have been irrelevant. Today, close to 7/10 people have been buying online, very often or moderately. The rise will be exponential from here

on. Virtual reality is only going to add on to the buying experience. We all have to ready ourselves to sell online; be it products, services or consumables...be there or be extinct. The writing is clear on the wall!

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Neutral

46.21%

Sceptical

9.85%

No Trust at All

3.03%

6.06%

34.85% Completely Trust

Little Trust

Trust levels in reviews... Here is where we see a big opportunity. A later question clearly brings out the need of a good user review. The trust levels in the current review systems do not seem great. Over 80% respondents are neutral or have little trust in this critical parameter. Here is

where the big opportunity lies! For this, a company that works hard, a company that works smart, a company that works honestly is the company that is bound to take giant strides. The e-community is waiting...let’s make this change!

No

Use of e-commerce...

9.85%

Yes

It’s not just a wave, it’s a reality that the B2C

90.15%

has well adopted; and some who could not, do not exist today! The B2B segment needs to understand the ode, ‘e is the way forward’ and make it a part of its strategy.

No

85.61%

Well, when 90%+ of the respondents say

Yes

so; it’s now up to you...to-be-or-not-to-be on the internet.

14.39%

The big question, ‘How important are reviews?’ A lot of people say it’s the crazy world of the internet. So how

do you validate your purchase? So how are you make sure from

where you are buying? So how do you increase your confidence Yes

No

without touching the product? So how important are user reviews? The last one is no longer a question when over 80% of the respondents clearly indicate that they would review user

opinion. So, just putting it online...not enough, good price...not

5.97% convenience personified... enough, easy to buy...not enough, not enough;7.14% good user experience, user reviews, user feedback... seems like enough! Go for it!

21.05%

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The Costs of Complexity

are Hard to See

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n

the

lobby

headquarters,

of

in

Ford

Motor

Dearborn,

Company’s

Michigan,

sits

a replica of a Model T. The car - the first to

be produced on a moving assembly line, and

available for many years in only one colour, black provides a reminder that efficiency can propel a

company to industry dominance. But upstairs on the 12th floor, President and CEO, Jim Hackett is

leading the firm towards a different goal: what he calls corporate fitness. Jim Hackett, who led the

office furniture company Steelcase through an IPO and championed its shift from selling cubicles to

selling collaborative open workspaces, joined Ford’s board in 2013. He left that post in 2016 to become the Chairman of Ford Smart Mobility. In May

of

Executive

2017,

he

Chairman,

was

Bill

named

Ford.

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conversation

Complexity creeps in over

time. At Ford, we’re right in the middle of that work of

eliminating complexity. We’re getting really great results.

People say, “We haven’t seen it yet.” They will. The costs of complexity are hard to see until they’re gone.

with

HBR

Senior

Editor,

Daniel

McGinn; Jim Hackett - who has worked for many years with the Strategy Advisor, Roger L.

Martin (author of ‘The High Price of Efficiency’) discussed the difference between efficiency and

fitness, how he communicates complex ideas to

his workforce and the challenge of convincing Wall Street that he is succeeding at moving the company forward. Edited excerpts follow.

Q. Automobile manufacturers are obsessed with efficiency. Isn’t Roger Martin’s argument, that a company can be too efficient, sort of heretical? There’s always been a meme that goes, “Do you want speed, quality or low cost? You can afford only

two of the three.” Efficiency is a balance of all three.

But today we win or lose on the basis of better system design. A system needs to have efficiency built in, because if it uses too many resources, it can’t survive. But winning isn’t just about efficiency.

Q. Is it about what you’ve termed ‘corporate fitness’? What do you mean by that? People ask, “Why don’t you just say, ‘Let’s reduce

costs’?” But when I say ‘fitness’, I’m thinking about

what Darwin learned about survival of the fittest

- that a species evolves to be more competitive. Being competitive now is about a lot of factors. How long does it take an order to be delivered? How many products does a company offer? Do

you have the right or the wrong people? Businesses win by having a combination of the right people and the right design.

Q. Your ideas about how organisations evolve stem from Darwin? Yes. Years ago a professor gave me a bunch of white papers written by physicists at the Santa

Fe Institute, and I became voraciously interested Jim Hackett, CEO, Ford Motor Company in conversation with

Daniel McGinn, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review Presented by

in them. I began to learn about complex systems theory, which holds that evolution isn’t

just a biological process; it can apply to social

organisations as well. I found myself asking,

“If Darwin’s ideas exist in nature, who am I to say they don’t apply in business? What if they apply everywhere?”

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DR. R. VASUDEVAN Dean ECA and Professor, Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai

The students of MCM Polytechnic, Avadi, Chennai would have been very fortunate to have ‘Vasu’ to be teaching them chemistry then...building bonds across industries. The recycling industry today will surely endorse this statement.

Change being the only constant, we thought it

would be wonderful to capture this and freeze

‘time’. We associate with the ‘current look’ of

our industry colleagues and would it not be

exciting to know of their persona, decades

ago. That’s what we did, had them dig deep into their archives and share this just for your ‘read’... or should we say ‘see’!

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JIGISH SHAH Vice President - Technology & Product Development, Global Plastics Machinery, Milacron India Pvt. Ltd.

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National Sales Manager, Mamata Machinery Pvt. Ltd.

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NIRAV SHAH Managing Director, Shubham Extrusion Technik Pvt. Ltd.

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DEEPAK LAWALE Secretary General, Organization Of Plastics Processors of India

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A SPECIAL FEATURE

‘Shaping the Future’ With 3,600+ Exhibitors The show attracted over 3,600 leading exhibitors

and over 1,63,000 visitors from all over the world.

With an exhibition space occupying over 2,50,000

square metres, the show presented numerous

pioneering technologies

that helped the plastics and rubber companies to stand out and grow.

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T

he manufacturing industry worldwide has hit a bottleneck in its growth

and recovery. With simmering trade tensions, the global economy is undergoing complex and profound changes. In a critical phase of adopting

new development strategies, improving its economic structure and shifting the

growth momentum, China has been cutting taxes and related costs to ease the burden of manufacturers with the aim of encouraging technological innovation

and stimulating domestic demand. At the same time, the country continues to open up to encourage foreign investment. Embracing a new era for the plastics and

rubber industries that is full of challenges and opportunities, CHINAPLAS 2019 was held between 21st and 24th May in Guangzhou, the technological innovation hub

and core city of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. The show

attracted over 3,600 leading exhibitors from all over the world. With an exhibition space occupying over 2,50,000 square metres at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, the show presented to the world numerous pioneering technologies that helped the plastics and rubber companies to stand out and grow.

Technological Innovation with Plastics to Foster High-Quality Development Artificial intelligence, 5G wireless networks, big data, the internet of things (IoT),

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facial recognition technology, curved

stations and other applications. Low-

visitors also found high-quality building

have been catching our eye over the past

antenna materials, heat-sink conductive

durability,

monitors, foldable screens - these terms year while giving rise to new materials,

new equipment and new opportunities. The key to high-quality development is

technological innovation. The plastics and rubber industries - which together comprise a vital backbone of the overall

manufacturing sector - are aggressively upgrading their production capabilities and their overall value chains.

dielectric constant modified plastics,

materials, shielding materials and more were also found in the show. Vehicles also are becoming ‘smarter’ and more

autonomous. With the implementation of

intelligent networks, high-performance materials

with

good

organoleptic

properties, electrical conductivity and

colour-changing ability are becoming more popular. Aesthetically pleasing,

For the plastics industry and for other

eye-catching, customised packaging is

CHINAPLAS

brand values. Many also are seeking

annual

becoming an ‘accelerator’ for boosting

performance stage, which focuses on

quick and changeable technologies for

innovation. 5G, the next generation of

environmentally-friendly and speciality

key

end-use

sectors,

show

is

the

like

a

top

exhibiting emerging technologies and

3D

wireless networking, will revolutionise

plastic materials. In the medical field,

countless aspects of our lives, and accelerate our adoption of a high-tech smart life. Many innovative technologies

can be incorporated into 5G base

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printing,

high-purity,

as

well

as

new,

highly-transparent

chemical-resistant

and

material

solutions,

offering

strength

Additionally,

and

the

show

high

toughness. actively

promoted new applications in other sectors, such as sports and leisure, and introduced various other innovative technologies that could be applied in several industries.

To assist industry players in identifying cutting-edge and popular ‘hardcore’

technologies, the organiser held the concurrent event, ‘Tech Talk’, which

had open-forum discussions on the show

floor

that

showcased

over

40 innovative technologies, covering 11 major themes, such as long-fibre injection

moulding,

3D

printing,

bioplastics and new energy vehicles.

medical-grade

In response to the increasing demand

are gaining popularity. At the show,

market, ‘Medical Plastics Connect’ was

plastics

and

medical-grade

silicone

and great potential in the medical

A SPECIAL FEATURE


I P O

S E N

held in the form of ‘Forum + Pop-up

In the world of recycled plastics, the

provide medical devices, disposables

set up for the first time a ‘Recycled

Kiosk + Guidebook + Guided Tour’ to and

pharmaceutical

packaging

manufacturers with the latest medical plastics technologies around the world.

Towards a New Paradigm of Circular Economy

the

Circular

zone was designed to demonstrate

20 May (a day before the opening of

industrial supply chains and advanced

and

throughout the recycling production

organiser of CHINAPLAS, jointly held

the ‘Recycling Technology Zone’. The

Economy Conference and Showcase’ on

the

all

‘Plastics

Recycling

with chaallenges and at the same time

witnessing growth opportunities, the exhibitors and visitors turned out in big

numbers, resolute to bring meaningful

and sustainable growth to business.

It was impressive to see ‘design’ take centre stage at such a mega event.

During a visit to the fairgrounds, a

night before the event, was one of the key takeaways for me...the hustle and bustle was as usual, but I did see a lot of

efficiency, hard work and a meticulous approach; I did see the helping nature

of even the workers come to the fore;

that

was

something

Rubber

around

Journal,

the

innovations,

when the plastics industry is grappling

PP recycled resin, high-performance

turning ‘waste’ into useful materials in

&

and

received

industry. The event gathered from

off by Adsale with aplomb. At a time

such as rPET, LDPE recycled resin,

plastics. Visitors got some tips for

an overwhelming response from the

events and, yet again, an event pulled

recyclable, non-toxic and safe materials,

Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the

the trade fair) with CPRJ - China Plastics

My 5th visit in a row to CHINAPLAS

Plastics Zone’, exhibiting several 100%

recycled plastics and recycled modified

th

Manish Chawla Publisher POLYMERS Communiqué

possibilities are endless. CHINAPLAS

processes, unique

world,

the

latest

improvements

application

perspectives

in

examples,

and

insightful

viewpoints regarding circular economy and the

recycled

plastic

materials.

theories

behind

conference,

explored

the

implementation economy

and

industry

of

had

the

At

experts

and

circular

face-to-face

discussions on how to grow businesses while also focusing on reducing waste

and saving resources. Recyclers and users of recycled materials (including retailers and brands such as Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Procter &

Gamble and Tupperware) shared case

studies on how to establish a circular recycling ecosystem and discussed the entire life cycle of plastic materials.

implementation

technologies

for

of

closed-loop

each

session

line; from sorting, crushing, cleaning and

drying,

to

smart

granulation

systems. The bio-based plastics and bio-composites

shown

in

the

‘Bioplastics Zone’ not only can be used in a wide range of applications such as

packaging, electronic appliances, toys, children products, automobiles and

3D printing, but also are degradable, compostable,

environmentally-

friendly, non-toxic and as affordable as petroleum-based plastics.

Reshaping the Space for Development With Intelligent Manufacturing and Industrial Design Digitalisation

and

development

of

become

the

automation

standards the

for

have

future

manufacturing

industry. In view of that, CHINAPLAS

2019 showcased a massive number of ‘smart’ manufacturing solutions.

mighty

impressive to note; a fact endorsed by some other exhibitors as well. An approach par excellence!

While the landmark Canton Tower

did change its colours to hold visitors in awe, these was no change in the

outcome of CHINAPLAS 2019 - business and opportunities aplenty with over

1,63,000 visitors of which over 42,000 came from overseas!

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6. High-performance elastomer.

7. Degradable,

thermoplastic

bio-based

and

recyclable materials.

8. Additives to reduce VOC emission, change colour and brightness.

9. Liquid additives and masterbatches. 10. New

years,” says Ada Leung, General Manager

look at the exhibits and touch them.

Top 10 Processing Technologies Highlights

globally

1. Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing

of

Adsale

Exhibition

Services

Ltd.

“This year, we stepped outside the conference

room.

We

concurrently

held the ‘Industry 4.0 Factory of the Future’,

which

demonstrated

implementation

of

Industry

4.0

the in

real-life settings at the exhibition venue,” she said. Two

theme

areas,

‘Manufacturing

Intelligence Control Room’ and ‘Smart Factory’ displayed real-time operating

data with big screens connected to

devices from different booths at the show and remote factory sites from the exhibition venue.

Industrial design also is playing an ever

more

important

role

in

maximising the potential of future product a

popular

shows,

development. feature

this

from

year’s

Continuing the

past

fair

again

concurrent

event,

partnered with other industries and presented

the

‘Design x Innovation’, which comprised of three parts - ‘CMF Inspiration Walls’, ‘Design

Forum’

Designers’ Night’.

and

‘CHINAPLAS

The ‘CMF Inspiration Walls’ displayed a rich variety of resources for colour, A SPECIAL FEATURE

The

visitors

‘Design

(CMF)

to

have

Forum’

renowned

a

design,

speciality

material

allowing

finish

and

“We have successfully held the ‘Industry 4.0 Conference’ over the past three

and

eco-friendly

plastics for 3D printing.

close

assembled

design

masters

and plastics technology suppliers to

share the unlimited possibilities of product innovation and environmentallyfriendly

Designers’

design.

Night’,

The

‘CHINAPLAS

themed

‘Connect

and

electronic

& Inspire’, was a cross-industry party with

the

information

plastics

industries.

Participants

shared their ideas for product design while enjoying delicious food.

There truly is something for everyone

in the plastics and rubber industries

solutions.

2. Cost-effective

and

high-quality

small batch, diversified production.

3. Automatic all-in-one machines. 4. LSR injection moulding technology. 5. Multi-layer injection / multi-layer co-extrusion technologies.

6. All electric extrusion blow moulding machines.

7. Specialised

high-quality

film

at CHINAPLAS.

technology (production of ultra-thin

Top 10 New Materials Highlights

film, touch-screen film etc.).

film for capacitor, battery separator

8. In-mould decoration technologies, combination

1. Fibre reinforced composites. 2. Lightweight

materials

energy vehicles.

for

new

3. Highly functional materials for 5G telecommunications.

4. Graphene-based

conductive plastics.

electrically

5. Medical grade plastics & silicon rubber with clean, transparent and chemical-resistant properties.

mould

coating

of

and

PU

manufacturing technology. 9. Recycling whole

solutions

technologies

recycling -

sorting,

washing, pelletising etc.).

in-

flexible

(covering

production shredding,

10. Extrusion machinery for medical

industry (production of precision tube,

infusion,

drainage tube). 

dialysis

and

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A SPECIAL FEATURE

The Brückner Focus

Speciality Films and Circular Economy

S

ince many years China’s and whole Asia’s BO film industry estimate Brückner’s CHINAPLAS appearance not as a mere ‘point of sale’, but

as ‘marketplace of ideas’. Part of the reason for this is that Brückner

Maschinenbau as well as Brückner Servtec were present not only with their

sales force, but also with the top management and all sorts of high-level

technical specialists. Thus, every single visitor found the right contact person for his individual issue in the film stretching business. The

number

of

visitors

this

year

was

overwhelming

again

and

their

internationality too, as they came from nearly every part of the world. Their great interest in latest solutions and future visions, plus a generally positive business

climate set the ground for innumerable fascinating discussions at the joint Brückner Group booth.

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At CHINAPLAS 2019, the

Brückner booth staff was

more than happy with the number and the quality

of fruitful discussions with leading representatives of the international BO film industry.

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Brückner Servtec Brückner Servtec, the service and upgrade specialist within in the Brückner Group, presented new solutions for existing film stretching lines: NN

Audit services for energy optimisation, improved line operation and spare-part handling, as well

as

a

process

production settings. NN

audit

for

optimised

Clip and chain refurbishment: Overhaul und

refurbishment solutions for all different types

of sliding and roller chains (including chains from other biax production lines). In order to be close to the customers, Brückner Servtec offers

professional clip and chain service locations in virtually every part of the world, such as China, Colombia, India and Slovakia. NN

New upgrading solutions for the IPC system, extrusion and die.

Strong Approach to Recyclability and Circular Economy Recyclability of plastic materials of all kinds as well as the establishment and strengthening of

a circular economy are on today’s agenda of the international film and packaging branches. At CHINAPLAS 2019, numerous talks focused on these topics. Brückner’s shown technologies for new

investments as well as for existing film stretching

Brückner Maschinenbau Brückner Maschinenbau presented new stretching line concepts for technical and speciality films as

lines, offered much food for thought and were intensively discussed: NN

the first time, with a huge potential for the

well as solutions for better recyclable packaging

flexible packaging markets and the upcoming

films. Hot topics were: NN

A new high temperature oven for special film

applications such as BOPI films for base film and cover glass in flexible displays, or PTFE membranes used in clothing. NN

new

substitution

mono-material

of

not

solutions

recyclable

structures and material composites.

as

multilayer

unique LISIM simultaneous process, applied to

was more than happy with the number and

patented MD relax chain.

At the end of the show, the Brückner booth staff

the quality of fruitful discussions with leading representatives

of

the

international

BO

film

The new Brückner inline coating system for

industry. Indian visitors were furthermore especially

- also available as upgrade solution for existing

Flexible Packaging Global Summit’ in Mumbai in

manufacturing mono-material high barrier films film stretching lines.

New film temperature sensors for BOPP and BOPET packaging film lines within the operating concept, ‘Easy Operation’.

A SPECIAL FEATURE

Other

Quality Networking

wet battery separator film production and a

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circular economy. NN

Various solutions and processes for battery separator film production: Highlights were the

NN

A new BOPE line concept, presented for

interested in the announced ‘8th Specialty Films &

August, 2019. Brückner’s topics there will be circular economy and digitisation.

To know more, visit www.brueckner.com

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A SPECIAL FEATURE

Chemours Fluoropolymer Technologies

Benefit 5G Networks

Teflon™ fluoropolymers and Viton™ fluoroelastomers team up as preferred technologies.

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T

he Chemours Company (Chemours), a

essential in cabling systems for local

market positions in titanium technologies,

and

global chemistry company with leading

fluoroproducts announced

and

its

chemical

fluoropolymer

solutions,

technologies

essential for 5G during CHINAPLAS 2019 held in Guangzhou, China.

Each day, smart devices are connecting our world in ways never imagined. By 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to consist of over

50 billion connected devices. To help meet this

significant rise in IoT technology, 5G networks, the

next

generation

of

mobile

internet

connectivity, will provide the infrastructure to

support increased demand for big data, faster speeds and more reliable connections.

As designers and manufacturers continue to

innovate electronic devices, 5G networks will become even more essential. High-performance fluoropolymers have helped to fuel this growth by

enabling

smaller

and

the

more

development durable

semiconductors and transistors.

of

faster,

microprocessors,

Teflon™ fluoropolymers and Viton™ fluoroelastomers have provided essential benefits behind the evolution of 5G networks.

Whether it is computer cables, smart devices wearables,

fluoropolymers from

Chemours

and

customisable Viton™

provide

networks

other

(LAN),

data

centres

high-performance

telecommunication applications such fluoropolymers

the

semiconductor

are

also

important

by enabling the development

in

of faster,

manufacturing process. 5G

smaller and

is already impacting the semiconductor growth

and

have helped to

fuel this growth

as high-speed cables. Teflon™

fluoropolymers

industry

more durable

modifying

its requirements. Printed circuit

boards (PCB) will rely heavily on high-

performance fluoropolymer materials in the 5G telecommunications era. From

microprocessors,

semiconductors and transistors.

data centres to cell towers to personal devices,

fluoropolymers’

superior

dielectric properties and low dissipation

factors provide ultra-high frequency and highspeed performance.

As people increasingly ‘wear’ their electronic

devices like digital watches and activity trackers, the fluoropolymers from Chemours help make

The 5G Opportunity

or

area

High-performance

Teflon™

fluoroelastomers

innovative

solutions

that meet the performance and safety needs for consumer electronics.

Incorporating Teflon™ fluoropolymer resins into cable insulation and jacketing improves electrical

performance and adds an unmatched level of fire safety performance. These properties are

those

devices

more

comfortable

and

more

efficient. Viton™ fluoroelastomers multiple colour

solution is widely recognised on wearable devices

in the watchband market for its luxury haptics

and proven bio-compatibility. In addition, Viton™ fluoroelastomers have excellent chemical inertness, UV resistance and anti-corrosion properties. To meet

every-changing

consumer

preferences

for improved quality and cosmetic appearance, Chemours

continues

to

innovate

its

Viton™

fluoroelastomers materials by having agile tailormade colour matching.

A Bright Future As technology and 5G networks continue their

rapid expansion, the need for semiconductor minimisation, faster connectivity speeds, higher frequencies and low-loss signals will rely even more on fluoropolymers from Chemours.

“For 80 years, the fluoropolymer business within Chemours has provided industry-defining solutions to meet the most complex and evolving needs

of our customers, and now we are excited to do the same for 5G implementation,” says Paul Kirsch, President, Chemours Fluoroproducts.

To know more, visit www.chemours.com

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A SPECIAL FEATURE


A SPECIAL FEATURE

The Chen Hsong Group

Hero Vision: It’s Not About What You See, It’s the Way of Seeing The Chen Hsong Group is one of the largest

injection moulding machine producer in the world. The group produces a wide range of injection

moulding machines from 50 tonne to 6,500 tonne.

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A

sian Plastic Machinery, Asia’s leading

company (a subsidiary company of Chen Hsong Holding, Hong Kong)

with intelligent plastics processing solution has served India for many years now.

Chen Hsong Holding has its Head Office in

Hong Kong with its manufacturing facility

for injection moulding machines spread

across Taiwan (2 units) and China (3 units). The Chen Hsong Group is one of the largest

injection

moulding

producer in the world.

machine

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The group produces a wide range of injection moulding machines from 50 tonne to 6,500 tonne.

The India Story Chen Hsong has supplied over 6,000 machines in India alone. Asian Plastics Machinery is catering

to a number of industries, namely, automobiles,

battery making, electrical appliances, packaging, medical industry, black and white goods etc. in

India for over 25 years. The 2,500 tonne model is also in use in the Indian market. The group has

recently launched an all-electric machine in India as well.

Key Management of CHMI.

To further its commitment to the Indian plastics industry, Chen Hsong Holding has opened its India Head Office in New Delhi (Chen Hsong Machinery India Pvt. Ltd. -

CHMI) in 2018 along

with four regional offices in

Mumbai,

and Jalgaon.

Pune,

ture Our fu emble to ass is r u o v e endea machin plete m o c the 020. ia in 2 in Ind

Chennai

For improving the delivery time, Chen Hsong India has recently opened a big warehouse at Chakan in

Open house at Chende factory.

Pune. This warehouse has all modern facilities to

CHMI Head Office: Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi, India

store the machinery.

Website: www.chenhsong.in

It is well-equipped to handle deliveries in a very

Facebook: ChenHsong-India

short time for the 80 tonne to 480 tonne machines with Indian invoicing.

Our future endeavour is to assemble the complete machine in India in 2020.

The group is present in most plastic exhibitions across the world and at this time, have participated

in the world’s second largest exhibition in

China, CHINAPLAS 2019 from 21st - 24th May, 2019

at Guangzhou. this

exhibition,

technology all-electric machine SM100-SPARK with

a live demonstration of producing pipers for the medical industry in a very short time.

CHINAPLAS 2019

In

Linkedin: CHEN HSONG MACHINERY(INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED

they

have

demonstrated

3 machines along with the newly invented all-

The fast-moving, second generation, two platen machine SM700–TP II, producing parts for the automobile industry was also showcased.

During the event, visitors were provided with a dual interlinked experience along with the Chende factory, where the open house was conducted on all days with 5 machines on display: NN

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open house for 5 machines at their Chende factory.

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During the exhibition, was also showcased the

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JM800MK6XL

electric machine Spark 100 and also setup an

JM200MK6 evolution JM800-MK6

evolution

With these machines, the group has provided

LED lens with very clear transparency for the

products while showing the factory area along

latest

hybrid

machine

Jm400MK6e

which produces transparent PC material, thicker

live demonstrations of every category of plastic

automobile industry.

with the assembly line of up to 3,000 tonne model.

Also introduced at the event was the latest

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To know more, visit www.chenhsong.in

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Davis-Standard

Reports Excellent Traffic at CHINAPLAS 2019 For Davis- Standard, inquires

related to aftermarket services, blown film, cast film, extrusion

coating, sheet and equipment from the Maillefer product line were

highest. Most of these were from

customers in China, but there were also a significant number from India-based companies.

D

avis-Standard, LLC is pleased to report that CHINAPLAS 2019 resulted in several

sales leads and productive technical

discussions. The show, held between 21st and

24th May in Guangzhou, attracted over 160,000

attendees with nearly 26 per cent coming from

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“We were pleased with

the high customer traffic and quality discussions

throughout the show. This will build our business

pipeline tremendously,”

says Sekaran Murugaiah, Davis-Standard Vice

President, Asia-Pacific. outside China. For Davis- Standard, inquires related

engineering provides versatility, long-term market

extrusion coating, sheet and equipment from the

model is designed for co-extrusion and multi-layer

to aftermarket services, blown film, cast film, Maillefer product line were highest. Most of these were from customers in China, but there were also

a significant number from India-based companies.

Other important topics included tariff-related developments, Industry 4.0 and how to better serve a circular economy.

“We were pleased with the high customer traffic and quality discussions throughout the

show. This will build our business pipeline tremendously,”

says

Sekaran

Murugaiah,

Davis-Standard Vice President, Asia-Pacific. “We had top leadership at our booth, which allowed

customers to provide valuable feedback on how we manage projects in the region. This will be

an important asset as we continue improving service initiatives,” adds Sekaran Murugaiah.

shared

information

about

its

DS Activ-Check system for continuous extruder monitoring, dsX flex-pack™ technology and stretch film capabilities. The company also exhibited a

1-inch HPE-H (horizontal) extruder. The acquisition of Brampton in 2018 augmented the company’s technology

film

for

processing

blown

film

and

winding

applications.

TSL

(Thermoforming Systems LLC), also added in 2018, is the market leader in thermoforming equipment for high-volume packaging applications. Maillefer,

acquired in 2017, expanded the company’s wire

and cable, pipe and tube equipment offering. The Maillefer product line drew a lot of interest from several Chinese companies.

The Davis-Standard booth included an HPE100 extruder, which offered CHINAPLAS visitors with a look at how Davis-Standard’s performance A SPECIAL FEATURE

feedscrew designs depending on the application.

Advantages include a small footprint, high-torque capacity to handle a variety of resins and a direct

coupled motor. Models are available in ¾ inch (20 mm) to 1¾ inches (45 mm) with L/D in 24:1 or

30:1. For added support, the extruder comes with a three-year warranty.

The DS Activ-Check System Discussions

of

the

company’s

Industry

4.0

centered around the DS Activ-Check system for

continuous extruder monitoring. DS Activ-Check enables processors to take advantage of realtime preventative maintenance by providing early notifications of potential extruder failures. Machine

preventing unnecessary downtime while also

recent acquisitions, Suzhou facility expansion,

multi-layer

applications, and is available with a variety of DSB®

operators are alerted to issues before they happen,

More at the Show Davis-Standard

value and an attractive return on investment. This

collecting valuable data. Key parameters monitored include extruder reducer, lubrication system, motor

characteristics, the drive power unit, barrel heating and cooling.

The dsX flex-pack™ 300S Davis-Standard received specific leads related to its

dsX flex-pack™ 300S. This single station extrusion and

laminating

line

is

designed

specifically

for the Asian flexible packaging market. It is a

collaboration among Davis-Standard’s teams in the U.S., Germany and China, addressing the pricing,

machine footprint, speeds and output, and shorter runs demanded by converters. Davis-Standard is

also engineering a tandem configuration of this

machine called the dsX flex-pack™ 300T. The dsX flex-pack™ 300S will be available for demonstration in Suzhou later this year.

To know more, visit www.davis-standard.com

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A SPECIAL FEATURE

ILLIG Innovation

IC-RDM 73K Thermoformer The new IC-RDM 73K automatic

roll-fed machine comes with high

output and a quick-change system for moulds; 50% less tool change times

and up to 25% increased performance.

T

he German manufacturing company, ILLIG Maschinenbau

GmbH & Co. KG (ILLIG), is a leading global supplier of

thermoforming

systems

and

mould

systems

for

thermoplastics. With the unique 360°packaging development, Pactivity®, and the high-performance packaging systems, ILLIG

supplies its customers with resource-friendly and sustainable

solutions. In focus, at CHINAPLAS 2019, were the new IC-RDM 73K thermoformer with increased output and halved tool change

time, integrated in a fully automated production line for drinking cups made of A-PET and A-PLA as well as the IC-RDK 80 automatic

roll-fed machine with live production on the line of an oval A-PET tray. ILLIG provides first-hand information on its portfolio of thermoforming systems, services as well as the tool and die technologies.

Performance-Highlight IC-RDM 73K IC-RDM-K

production

machines of

cups

are in

designed

various

specifically

shapes

and

for

sizes

serial from

thermoplastic material. At CHINAPLAS 2019, ILLIG showcased

the new IC-RDM 73K automatic roll-fed machine with high

output and a quick-change system for moulds. Compared to the IC-RDM 70K machine, the forming area of the new machine is enlarged by 23 per cent. All improvements together contribute

to an up to 25 per cent increased production performance, subject to application. A new, easy-to-use system for block

change of moulds reduces tool installation and removal times

by over 50 per cent, i.e. the change can be performed in less

than 60 minutes. Moreover, ILLIG consistently implemented the Cleantivity® concept in

the IC-RDM 73K. At CHINAPLAS

2019, 1,600 drinking cups were produced on the line using a 32-up mould, at a speed

of 50 cycles per minute. The cups were made of A-PET and

The new IC-RDM 73K automatic roll-fed machine with high output and a quick-change system for moulds integrated in a fully automated production line for drinking cups made of A-PET and A-PLA.

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A-PLA films (0.7 mm thick). The trade

fair machine was combined with an in-line PH 73 stacking machine. This

one can be variably equipped with different discharge options. Whenever the application changes, the PH 73

can be easily adapted - thanks to the modular system.

The IC-RDK 80 automatic roll-fed machine with live production on the line of an oval A-PET tray.

Machines of the IC-RDM K series are

moulds can be exchanged quickly and

with pre-linked extruders, e.g. for large-

innovation in thermoforming, which

also frequently used as in-line systems volume production of drinking cups in quantities of millions. The ILLIG IC

supports the aspects relevant for large-

ensures high-speed production of highquality parts.

productivity and availability as well as

to the complete production system: With

for general process optimisation, high

From the idea to the final packaging and

minimisation of operation costs.

Pactivity®, ILLIG provides the customer

with a 360° custom-made packaging solution including development services

a forming and punching technology

ILLIG has been serving its customers

across the globe with comprehensive worldwide

after-sales

support.

This

parts and upgrades, technical training

Pactivity®

With IC-RDK series, ILLIG developed

Service

includes ILLIG NetService, hotline, spare

volume production. It includes modules

IC-RDK 80 Thermoforming System

for thermoforming packaging - all from a single source.

and consulting as well as repairs, maintenance and commissioning.

The company’s products and services portfolio

include

the

development,

design, manufacture, installation and

commissioning of complex production lines

and

components.

With

the

unique 360° packaging development,

suitable to achieve excellent part quality

Cleantivity®

packs, used for protection of food

has consistently pursued a strategy of

customers with resource-friendly and

machines feature high availability and

Learn more about optimised quality

ILLIG in India

formed by means of pre-stretcher and

machine availability.

Pactivity® and the high-performance

and reproducibility of rays and hinged

With the Cleantivity® concept, ILLIG

packaging systems, ILLIG supplies its

during transport and as sales packs. The

increased productivity in thermoforming.

sustainable solutions.

easy operation. Heated materials are

time and clean production with high

compressed air; the part is punched

out of the material in the same cycle. Thanks to this method, parts can

The

USP

of

ILLIG

benefits

supplying the Indian market for over moulds

gained

is

the

synergistic

automatic pack processing is improved.

both,

IC-RDK 80 automatic roll-fed machine

shared expertise in developing both,

an oval A-PET tray made of a 0.4 mm

moulds, puts ILLIG in the best position

10-up mould, at a speed of 50 cycles

moulds on the market.

coordinated

through

mismatch in the rim area and thus,

the

At the trade fair, ILLIG showcased the

machines in the same company. The

with live production on the line of

the thermoforming machines and their

thick film with A/B stacking using a

to engineer the most highly developed

moulds

development

and

of

thermoforming

Brilliantly Decorated With IML-T®

Variety of Benefits

ILLIG helps the customers to position

The benefits of an ILLIG thermoforming

their flagship products at the point

walled

systems.

production line are unmistakable: Thin-

of sale, produced on ILLIG’s IML-T®

savings in raw materials and thus, lower

sustainable because of realisation of

packaging

means

tangible

production costs; the high working

cycle results in high output of flawlessly formed parts; and the thermoforming

The

The ILLIG India Pvt. Ltd. production plant in Malur has already been

Mould and Die Shop

be manufactured without punching

per minute.

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easily. ILLIG stands for pioneering and

packaging

is

also

single-material packaging (decoration and packaging in the same material), which simplifies recycling.

three years with RV 53 automatic vacuum

forming

separate

forming

machines and

with

punching.

ILLIG India expanded its capacity by adding the RV 53d pressure former series as well as the sheet processing machine UA 100Ed. This machine is designed for small and medium

batch sizes. The demand on the Indian subcontinent for affordable, high-quality according

to

plastic

European

packaging standards

that are also suitable for export is growing at a steady rate. More

and more packaging suppliers and

subcontractors for large international brands

have

recognised

the

market trend and decided to invest in thermoforming.

To know more, visit www.illig.de

POLYMERS Communiqué l April - May 2019


A SPECIAL FEATURE

Nordson Filtration Systems

Provide Plastics Recyclers With a Wide Choice

With Nordson’s BKG® melt filtration systems, HiCon™

V-Type 3G screen changer and HiCon™ R-Type filtration system for plastics recycling, choices are immense.

N

ordson Corporation has developed a broad range of BKG® melt

filtration systems for plastics recycling. BKG screen changers include continuous types, which permit processing to continue through

one or more filter screens while others are being changed; and

discontinuous types, with which production must stop during changes. Many hydraulic piston-actuated screen changers are available, as well as manual systems.

Many BKG screen changers have a self-cleaning feature based

on

a

hydraulically

powered

process

called

‘backflushing’, which automatically removes contaminants

while maintaining throughput and keeping flow and pressure constant. As an example, consider the HiCon™ V-Type 3G screen changer, which has four screen cavities. Melt flow from the extruder is split at the entry

side and guided to the four cavities, two of which

are located on each piston. Each pair of cavities is

positioned so that they can filter their respective melt

streams, until the piston removes one of the cavities

from the process to remove contaminants build-up by

means of backflushing. Cutaway View of FlexDisc

The

backflushing

sequence

starts

automatically

when

the

pressure differential caused by contaminant build-up increases to a

pre-set level. For each cavity, a displacement piston retracts, creating a

reservoir of filtered molten polymer. This material is hydraulically compressed

and discharged in reverse direction, back through the screen, carrying away

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contaminants for removal from the

polymer while preventing blockage

for each cavity one after the other. In

symmetrically positioned knives

system. The sequence is performed normal operation, polymer is flowing through all four cavities. While one of

the cavities is changed, the other three remain in the process.

quite

is

that

different the

method

for

HiCon™

R-Type

filtration system for recycling highly contaminated

fundamentally

new

plastics.

system

This

uses

a

cylindrical ‘separating head’ with knives arranged on its surface in a helical

pattern designed to move contaminant

particles forward as the head rotates.

of the tube before it needs to be replaced. once

be reused. Replacing

a

strainer

tube is facilitated by a

Nordson precisely tailors the size of the Nordson screen pack to the dimensions of the cavity, eliminating the common problem of contaminant passing the screen pack at the edges.

removing the strainer tube housing,

and

by

a

hand-operated

hydraulic device for disassembling it. To ensure uninterrupted production, it filtration systems in parallel.

contaminated melt from an entry port

filter media that can be used with

the rotating head and the strainer tube,

the knives capture the contaminants while

the

contaminant-free

melt

moves through the strainer into flow

channels that lead to an exit port. At the same time, the rotating head turns

a screw which guides the contaminated material through cooling sections and finally to where it is discharged into collecting bins.

piston-actuated

Nordson

has

BKG

developed

systems,

different

these systems.

robust

multi-layer

structure

of the new Nordson screen packs prevents

failures

caused

by

the

filtration.

One

pressure differential - up to 200 bar encountered

during

such failure is ‘screen dimpling’, in which the mechanical stress forces

The HiCon R-Type filtration system

breaker plate that supports the screen

commercially

breaking the peripheral seal and causing

cleans much more efficiently than

in the cavity. This distorts the screen,

highly

contaminants to bypass the screen and

contaminated

systems

polymers.

for

The

special design makes possible a uniform load on the strainer tube during the cleaning process, providing an extended

lifetime for the filter and scrapers, and increasing the overall efficiency of the system at far less melt loss.

One key to the efficiency with which

the HiCon R-Type filtration system removes contaminants is the design of the steel strainer tubes, which are available with micro-holes ranging from

120 to 750 microns. The holes are conical

in shape, permitting passage of molten

minimises melt build-up and significant increase in pressure, which can lead premature

and

costly

screen

changes and endangers the quality of

Well-Optimised System The

through the filtration medium. This

to

screen layers into the holes of the

available

Schematic of HiCon R-Type Process

is possible to operate two HiCon R-Type For

flows into the cylindrical space between

HiCon V-Type 3G Screen Changer

built-in swiveling arm for

Enclosing the head is a stationary filter element called a ‘strainer tube’. When

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the long working life

cleaned, the tube can

automatically removing contaminants of

in the drum contribute to

Moreover,

Recycling Highly Contaminated Plastics A

by contaminants. This design and the

become part of the end product.

Nordson precisely tailors the size of the Nordson screen pack to the dimensions of the cavity, eliminating the common problem of contaminant passing the

screen pack at the edges. Nordson can supply the Nordson screen packs with

various combinations of coarse- and fine-weave layers. The Nordson screen pack provides the optimum ratio of

solid material and free volume, so that

the polymer melt can use as many

flow paths as possible to make its way

the end product.

And More For bottle-to-bottle PET recycling, PET fibre production and battery separator

film production, Nordson has developed

the BKG FlexDisc™ for use in HiCon V-Type 3G, HiCon K-SWE-4K-75/RS and

D-SWE screen changers. Each cavity contains a filter stack comprised of two to four FlexDiscs, depending on the machine size. Each FlexDisc is

equipped with two Nordson screen packs. As a result, there is 2 to 4.5 times

more filtration area available for each cavity with the new FlexDisc than with conventional standard round screens,

and 25% additional area (on an average) when compared to the former FlexDisc version. Recyclers achieve finer filtration, higher throughputs, longer filter service

life and reduced specific backflush volume, all without the need for a larger screen changer.

To know more, visit www.nordsonpolymerprocessing.com

POLYMERS Communiqué l April - May 2019


NAVIGATE THROUGH

T. S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Businesses require decisions to be made and decisions can prove to be correct or not. Investments may result into competitive

businesses or not. Markets may grow or not. We can go on listing these imponderables,

suffice

to

conclude

that

businesses

entail

taking

risks.

Well calculated, logical and balanced they may be, nevertheless, they are risks. Successful businesses are those that find ways to mitigate against the risks and

ensure their organisations deliver products or services on a sustained basis in order to make profit.

Over a period of time, nature of risks has also changed. Modern era is typified by a business environment that is at once Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). What are these new risks that businesses now face whose

importance was not realised earlier? As a result of unpreparedness to recognise these risks, many companies have failed. Consider that 89% of companies from original list of Fortune 500 companies are no longer on that list today! So, what are these ‘new’ risks?

Five Most Important Risks All Businesses Face Today Technology Disruption This applies against all streams of activities…products or the way they are manufactured or marketed and delivered. Full spectrum of technology disruptions

would go over big data & analytics, internet of things (IoT), connectivity, robotics, artificial intelligence and redefining what will bring ‘value’ to the customer. Examples from recent memory abound...digital photography bankrupted Kodak, smartphones brought down mighty Nokia and Kindle put

Sometime it is not

paid to bookshops. The list is endless. They

important to ask

are the invisible black swans that businesses will have to strive hard to see.

‘Why’? But ask

Compliance

‘Why Not’?

Businesses will have to perform under straight

jacket of new rules of business, some of which

may be more abstract than exact. Corporate governance,

public

scrutiny,

active

NGOs,

intrusive financers and tax hungry governments will Shailesh Sheth Corporate Strategy Advisor Management & Manufacturing Technology, Mumbai

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alertness on the part of companies. Beef tallow in

consumer

activism,

all require robust

cooking oil almost

put paid to McDonald, lead content drew Maggi Noodles off the shelf, Infosys CEO lost his job falling short on alleged corporate governance standards and

Volkswagen was censured for false claims on emission norms. Thus, the first item on agenda of every CEO will be how compliant his company is to different requirements, whether legislative, social or moral and ethical.

POLYMERS Communiqué l April - May 2019


De-risk Business With New Business Models Disruption of Supply Chains As companies scale up, manufacturing finds new

homes in the eastern hemisphere (China, India and S.E. Asia), a huge question before companies is how to manage global supply chains? With more and more of asset light and outsourcingdriven business models in vogue, large chunks of manufacturing costs arise under someone else’s roof. Contemporary standards of

competitiveness say that companies will no longer compete with other companies,

but supply chains will compete with one

another. Example, supply chain of Patanjali

taking on the might of supply chain of Unilever.

Companies will not be able to ride competitive waves

with one success; will have to

meet multiple challenges at the

same time. These require that we have a business model that is open, agile and flexible.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Manufacture

To Create Products, Not Just Produce Through this interaction with POLYMERS

Communiqué, Harsh Mariwala emphasises on the importance of innovation, value management,

Harsh Mariwala Chairman Marico Limited, Mumbai

organisation culture, adoption of technology, role of research along with a socio-economic approach in creating a product to add value.

Q. Then Bombay Oil Industries, today Marico. From old business models to new generation ideas and technology, how have the changing times transformed you and Marico? When I joined my family business in 1971, the business was

all about trading and manufacturing, but none leveraged

any significant brands. In this environment, I strived over the

next almost two decades, to create a distinct identity for a

successful brand-based FMCG business – Marico. This separate

corporate existence imparted a sharper focus and enhanced our growth potential.

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Empowering - autonomous within

fresh, unique and fetched us the desired

NN

Merit Based - influence did not work

Marico needed in the talent area and

the organisation and articulate what we

NN

Apolitical - that shunned political

values into three segments: People,

NN

Marico’s formation in 1990 also gave me

NN

a great opportunity to establish a culture in a new company - as it was important

to define a common culture, integrate

directions

machinations

stood for. We identified and stratified

values remained the same; however,

we interpret them with local context. As an organisation, we strongly believe

that innovation is not a one-time spark which can function in certain verticals,

but one which resonates throughout the organisation. More than innovation, the integration of innovation across

verticals is what our organisational

culture advocates. Innovation needs to be present in the DNA of each and every person associated with the Marico

family. It has to be engraved in the core

of the upper management percolating to every member and ultimately, be a

part of the ‘culture’. Over the years, we have consciously adopted a gradual process of inculcating the Marico culture in acquired businesses. We

saw

Marico’s

culture

kaleidoscopically, that is, in several attributes, which includes: NN

Open - that allowed free sharing

of information and communication in general NN

Informal - on a first name basis

NN

Participative consensus

-

one

that

-

for

continued

the organisation

the 3Ps for us. We have built a unique we expanded to other geographies, our

Rotation

stimulus to the individual and to

Products and Profits, which became

culture over a period of time. Even when

Job

NN

Learning - that encouraged higher

responsibilities with cross functional experience

These changes have touched every

facet of the business, including my own role. For one, I have passed on the oversight of the company to a professional manager. For any familymanaged towards crucial,

business,

transition

professionalism

without

entrepreneurial

professionalising. best

the

situation

professionals

flair,

In

is

imbibe

of entrepreneurship.

is

giving

up

fact,

one

the

quite the

while the

where

goodness

while to come.

Ever since we started Marico, the whole journey has been of transformation, back then from packed edible oil to

value-added oil, hair oil blends, edible

oil blends and now, we have got into personal products, hair care, skin care

and even food. This transformation has required a different way of looking at

business; it is about product formulation, packaging, marketing and distribution. Moreover,

competition

even has

the

nature

changed.

In

of

the

branded commodities sector, we were

fighting with smaller players and more unorganised

competition.

Now,

we

compete with the biggest MNCs and

the most respected FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) companies in India. So, to some extent, the whole way of

brand business requires a different

approach across the organisation. I have always learnt from the professionals I hired, so I have developed a leadership

In 1990, when we carved out the FMCG business into a new company called

Marico, it was a leap of faith for me

style that is highly participative and that,

in turn, has helped me overcome blind spots throughout my journey.

personally and a quantum step for the

I have learnt quite a lot from my own

growth potential, there was also a

requires scaling up of the organisational

business. While we had an enhanced

company was to attract talent. We did inherit about 200 employees of our parent Bombay Oil, but we needed

fresh talent to build profitable brands,

a talent that Bombay Oil fell short of. We could not afford mass advertising to attract new talent. But, we did have

resourcefulness and an innovative approach that spurred us to

experiment with a news-styled recruitment

advertisement

that dramatically announced ‘200 employees walk out of

Bombay Oil’. The campaign was

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the campaign retained its recall for a

managing transition to this value-added

Q. How challenging has been your journey in the process of conceptualising, building, developing the brand ‘Marico’?

challenge of how a new and unknown had

attention. It created the initial wave that

growth journey. Scaling up of business apparatus and management. If a family

business does not professionalise in time, it could end up restricting its growth

orbit.

Therefore,

it

is

advisable to decide and act early on

professionalisation.

managers

bring

the

Professional

value

of

a

specialisation - in general, management

or expert functions. I have always believed that ‘Human mind is like a

parachute. It only works when it is open’. To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at

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UP IT GOES

World Market for Machines

The top five countries in the

ranking (China, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy) together account for 72 per cent of global machine sales.

Safely Navigates Through Increasingly Rough Waters in 2018

D

espite

all

trade

disputes

and

political

quarrels,

new machines and plants were in demand worldwide in

2018 as well. According to estimates by VDMA economists,

sales of machinery in 2018 rose by a total of 4 per cent to Euro 2.6 trillion. The mechanical engineering sector in Asia

developed above average. With an increase of 5 per cent to just under Euro 1.34 trillion, Asia remained by far the largest manufacturing region in the machinery industry. Slightly more

than half of the total world machine turnover was generated there. The growth rate in Europe as a whole and in the Dr. Ralph Wiechers Chief Economist VDMA

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EU countries as a whole corresponded to the global average of To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at subscriptions@polymerscommunique.com

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Weekend Delights Friday night to Monday morning, a time to unwind, rejuvenate and be geared to face another grueling week. Each one of us use this ‘my time’ is different ways. And why not, weekend is a time for expressing ourselves. We all have known the personalities featured here as astute business stalwarts; as life is more than just business, we at POLYMERS Communiqué, have started this section called ‘WEEKEND DELIGHTS’. Live life... Rajesh Nath

Managing Director

German Engineering Federation (VDMA) India Office

I am the official weekend luncheon chef on the weekends that I am not travelling. Capsicum soup is a new trial which worked out well. Grilled fish with lemon butter sauce is my favourite dish. I like experimenting with all sauces, ranging from heavy cream to mild herbs or even strong Indian spices in the grilling of fish. My culinary skills were developed to make something special for my daughter - a foodie with an uncanny understanding of flavours from a surprisingly young age. The experience of cooking has been relaxing, fun and a medium through which the chemistry of food and family blend together. Rajesh Nath - the chef definitely needs a ‘sous-chef’, currently hoping to graduate to a ‘master chef’ soon with salt-and-pepper hair turning silver quickly!

Rajeev Trivedi

President (Sales and Marketing)

Prasad Group of Companies

Weekend is none others, but mine. After watching TV or a movie till late night, I get up late in the morning. I then come to the drawing room, just to relax and watch TV, old songs or comedy serials, and also simultaneously read the newspaper, mainly political and Bollywood news.

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Mrunal Sanghvi

General Sales Manager – India

Nordson Polymer Processing Systems

Weekend mornings, I prefer to go for brisk walking early in the morning with my wife followed by brunch with family. Brunch time with family is the most relaxing part of the weekend that helps to burst all stress of the week and get rejuvenated for the coming week. I love green surroundings. We are fortunate to have a pretty green surrounding in our dry Ahmedabad. I make sure to spend time during weekends along with our gardener to maintain the garden of our premises. Little efforts pay big when everyone enjoys the lush green growth of the trees and plants. It is a very happening place for many beautiful birds and peacocks through the year.

Geet Chadha Director

Soltex Petroproducts Ltd.

A good weekend read seems like a breath of fresh air! Being an avid business reader, the current book I’m reading is named ‘Business Adventures’ by John Brooks. The book teaches lessons about people - how they act, what makes them thrive and flounder, and what devilry they’re likely to get up to if left to their own devices. Business Adventures’ lessons are about human nature in the context of business, and though technologies and best practices change, people never do.

Santosh B. Holeyachi

Asst. Manager Marketing

Biesse Manufacturing Co. Pvt. Ltd.

I like to travel and explore new places. It’s really fascinating for me to know about the history and culture of different places. I love to talk to people and hear their personal stories and their outlook towards life, people, culture and know more about the country.

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TRIED AND TESTED

At PLASTIVISION 2020 Experience Business... More Than Just Usual

A

ll in the industry believe that PLASTIVISION 2017 did raise the bar of grandeur - it became

such an edition, the memory of which, will last

of decades!

Three years thereafter and PLASTIVISION 2020 is all set

to unleash a new experience, a still better process, a still better product...still better business. The targets are steep

The industry is counting days as the event would soon unfold.

PLASTIVISION events are known for the impetus they provide

to the industry, that translates

into necessary momentum for a lasting impact.

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with over 2,50,000 business visitors expected, business has got to be more than just usual! It’s not just a claim, the brand PLASTIVISION is tested by time and tested by the industry. The PLASTIVISION exhibitions not only lived

to its commitments edition after edition, but also set new benchmarks of performance and deliverables.

Buying and selling is all about innovation, so was conceived

NVDP

(National

Vendor

Development

Programme), a big business enabler. Especially conceived

to connect the ever enterprising MSME sector with the

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T

he sentient for PLASTIVISION events is very evident...“GAIL is participating in

PLASTIVISION 2020; and we at GAIL believe that it is an excellent opportunity for

GAIL to showcase the new grade metallocene, along with the entire GAIL product range available for customers,” says a visibly excited Kamal Tandon, in dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué.

He adds, “As the entire industry is expected to be present under one roof, we are looking forward to the knowledge sharing / interactive sessions with the industry and stakeholders at PLASTIVISION 2020.”

Kamal Tandon Executive Director, Marketing (Petrochemicals & Retail) GAIL (India) Ltd.

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T

he industry confidence is well indicated...“11th edition of PLASTIVISION...wowww...great

journey, especially when one has been witness to the past 10 editions and the scales

to which it has grown. One event which brings the entire plastics fraternity under one

roof, provides opportunities to all...from machinery, raw materials, converters, ancillaries, recycling and more,” says a re-assured Makarand Dixit, to POLYMERS Communiqué.

“With excellent organising capabilities, PLASTIVISION is more like a function at your own home. See you all there. Best wishes to PLASTIVISION 2020,” continues Makarand Dixit.

Makarand Dixit Head - Marketing, OPaL, Vadodara

deep-pocketed buyers - PSUs and MNCs. NVDP

of this stature needs to earmark space for this

approach. Big ticket transactions, yes, right there

be offered preferential rates! So, close to a

is going to present a transformational business at PLASTIVISION 2020.

In all probabilities, PLASTIVISION 2020 will

become the first edition ever to host the Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet...yes, right there at PLASTIVISION 2020.

For our industry to stay relevant, circular

economy, EPR and more are no longer just buzz words; simply put, they are the prevailing

longevity strategies. Strategies that need to be showcased, explained and thus an event

cause. Exhibitors committed to this cause will

staggering 1,000 sq. mts. of space is reserved for this recycling showcase - which has intent as

well

as

content,

PLASTIVISION 2020.

yes,

right

there

at

August, 2019 will see the launch of a marketing blitz of roadshows that will dot the nook and

corner of the industry and the country. The road

show teams will penetrate deep to get you potential buyers to your booth, yes, right there at PLASTIVISION 2020.

While PLASTIVISION 2020 is set to be a product

par excellence, the organisers believe that processes experienced by the visitors and

exhibitors will continue to be its distinctive distinction. A plethora of conveniences in built for both stakeholders - visitors and exhibitors, yes, right there at PLASTIVISION 2020.

It would be a record of sorts when this edition Networking evening during CHINAPLAS 2019.

will witness the biggest representation of Chinese, Taiwanese and European exhibitors. As

a precursor, the Indo-China networking meet on the sidelines of CHINAPLAS 2019 witnessed another

house-full

situation

(nothing

new

for the organisers) with over 200 Chinese and over 200 Indian representation. Global

flavour...in our own backyard, yes, right there at PLASTIVISION 2020.

The industry is counting days as the event would

soon

unfold.

PLASTIVISION

events

are known for the impetus they provide to

the industry, that translates into necessary momentum for a lasting impact.

Mark your calendar...be it exhibit or visit...16th to

20th January,

2020;

PLASTIVISION 2020. 

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be

right

there,

at

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BAD MAN

Bad Hires

A Big Challenge for Organisations

T

here’s no line item on your income statement called ‘bad hires’,

but the impact on your finances is very real. Bad hires cost organisations in entirely different and interconnected ways. The

negative

costs

incurred

affect

company

employee morale and overall reputation.

productivity,

finances,

The combination of these effects has been acknowledged by organisations; however, new methods are being tried in an effort to make better and

more informed hiring decisions. Despite preventative measures made by

HR, the problem remains. A bad hiring decision can often cause a negative ripple effect through the organisation.

What does bad hire cost you? Is it simply the amount of

money you might have spent on advertising the position or paying an agency to sift through resumes? Unfortunately, making a bad hire can impact your culture, your revenue,

your clients, and may lead to exponential growth of bad hire clan, thus creating parasites in the system.

Dr. Naveen Malhotra Group Head HR & CC Sintex Industries Ltd., Kalol

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Hiring a bad fit or someone who lacks the skills needed to perform well has the potential to leave good employees with the burden of damage control. Interviews and reference

checks are designed to ensure a successful hire; but these

methods are not fail-safe, it is hard to find out everything in a 30-minute interview.

Now the question is what does bad hire cost you? Is

it simply the amount of money you might have spent on advertising the position or paying an agency to sift through

resumes?

Unfortunately,

making

a

bad

hire

can impact your culture, your revenue, your clients, and

may lead to exponential growth of bad hire clan, thus creating parasites in the system. Therefore, to plug these

bad hire pot holes, strong HR processes to vet the candidate must be in place. Let’s examine some of the more intangible costs of a bad hire and find ways to avoid making this costly mistake.

What Does a Bad Hire Cost You?

Building a strong

company starts

Employee Morale A

bad

hire

negatively

impacts

with a solid

the

foundation

workplace morale; this negativity can

of dedicated

quickly spread and make coming to work a chore for your valuable employees.

and talented

This can easily demoralise the engaged

employees.

employees. Disengagement is contagious.

Further diligent

I once hired a functional leader who

manpower

didn’t plan well and generally disrespected

planning will

other team members’ priorities. As a

result, we lost two key employees. That’s

always sanitise

organisation culture echoes beyond the

from wrong hires,

a high price to pay. A bad hire’s effect on

employee’s tenure. Poor performers lower

you not only

but will also

the bar for other employees, and bad

give you a lean

habits spread like a virus. Seeing affects

things

your

go

other

wrong

probably

employees,

who

organisation.

now

may

be

wondering if they should start looking for a new job as well. They may be questioning your decision making and judgment skills, especially if they feel the new employee is wrong for the job.

Productivity One of most impactful and hardest to quantify. If an employee isn’t well-suited for the job, has a bad attitude

or is simply incompetent, the time they spend not working could significantly affect your bottom line. The impact can To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at subscriptions@polymerscommunique.com

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MENTORSHIP

Manage Conflict...

Manage Business Clash of interests and many

other emotions cause

conflicts in the workplace.

This article looks at some of

the important ones.

N

obody

likes

conflict

as

it

group. As a result of all this, the

the society in general. Everyone would

on the economic performance of the

the

among people, co-workers and

like to avoid a conflict because it affects

the people involved in a negative way, takes away their mental peace, creates negative

thoughts

and

negative

energy, affects their work and efficiency

adversely and, finally, their performance

in whichever sphere of life the conflict

unit as well.

These are the consequences that no

top manager of a company can live with.

Poor

performance

results

in

erosion of stakeholder value and that is not acceptable.

The problem is that in a group of

conflict in the workplace, for example,

no conflicts. That would be most

can seriously impair positive responses and adversely affect one’s social and family relationships too, and vice versa.

In corporate life, conflicts not only impair the efficiency of the workers

or departments involved directly in them, but also cause a lot of collateral damage in the form of negatively affecting other

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company suffers and this casts a shadow

has occurred. It has a fall out on unrelated spheres of life also. A serious

Rakesh Shah RS Coaching and Consulting New Delhi

the people involved in a conflict as a

relationships

damages

the

colleagues

relationships

with

people, it is nearly impossible to have welcome, but utopian. Conflicts may have very different reasons to arise

between different people. Most of these reasons are not rooted in facts, but in

various feelings and emotions. Clash of interests and many other emotions cause conflicts in the workplace. Let us look at some of the important ones.

Understanding Conflicts

and

departments,

emotional

exhaustion

These arise between individuals or

people who are directly connected with

or opposing ideas about many things.

breakdown politicking,

of

communication,

and fall in overall performance of the

Interpersonal Conflicts groups of individuals having different

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The may be rooted in beliefs, personal likes and dislikes,

prejudices, entitlement, greed, ego or competitiveness. Even popularity, lifestyle, promotions and such other

things may cause jealousies that may start conflicts. Typically, people involved in this kind of conflicts crave attention and waste everybody’s time trying to get

them ‘on their side’ etc. They generate much negativity and vitiate the atmosphere as these issues are rarely work related.

Sharing of Common Resources Different departments or individuals often need to share common resources provided by the company. They all wish to maximise their control over those resources

in order to achieve greater freedom to use them and

improve their performance. This can seriously affect the performance of other users and will lead to a conflict immediately. This can affect the overall performance of the company and needs to be resolved post-haste.

Work Methodology Different

viewpoints

on

how

to

do

something

that needs to be done can lead to conflicts. Each group or individual may have a different approach to how something should be done, or a problem

should be solved. In the absence of very clearly

laid down set of rules or operating procedures and their

compliance, these will lead to conflicts affecting the efficiency of the organisation.

Lack of Recognition Some people or groups or departments may have a sense of their work not being recognised. They usually describe this problem as ‘No matter what we do, it

doesn’t get any appreciation or acknowledgement’.

Managers often make serious mistakes in understanding the importance of, for example, the backroom workers or the support staff who don’t go out and negotiate

or win an order, but do the work without which the salesmen can’t be equipped to go out and sell in the first place. This can demoralise these groups and start a conflict in the organisation.

Different Needs Frequently, different parts of an organisation may have

very different needs in terms of resources and working procedures. Not being able to recognise and redress it

will lead to conflict. In many cases, the groups are in a

symbiotic relationship and failure of one will inevitably lead to the failure of the other. This becomes an unrealistic To know more, please subscribe to Polymers Communiqué at subscriptions@polymerscommunique.com

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Effective technology brought about by the strength of unity!

Ventura

e - profit e - Profit

Futura

Hylock

Electronica Plastic Machines Ltd. Gat No. 399, Hissa No. 1&2, A/P Bhare, Tal Mulshi, Pirangut, Pune, Maharashtra - 412115 Tel: +91-20–66933535 | Email: epml@electronicapmd.com


CLOSING THE LOOP

Multilayer Plastics Recycling

A Clear Possibility

“We realise that multilayer recycling is easy, provided the

customer is a bit flexible to adapt to our suggestions and make

necessary changes to achieve the right reusable mix,” emphasises Nico Gualerzi, in dialogue with POLYMERS Communiqué. Nico Gualerzi Share Holder, Gamma Meccanica S.p.A., Italy Share Holder and Director GMS Plastic Machinery Pvt. Ltd., India

Q. How has been the market for you in India this far?

products like injection moulded crates, flower pots etc. from this recycled waste.

Gamma Meccanica S.p.A., Italy entered

Most of the products use 30% waste.

able to penetrate this huge market share

criteria to make granules, as we have

partnered with Haren Sanghavi in India

is most important and if customers are

Ltd. Since then, it has been smooth

the issue, MLP mechanical recycling is a

India in 1983; however, we were hardly

Percentage mix of polymer is not the

due to our high prices. Since 2000, we

noted; the end use of these granules

and formed GMS Plastic Machinery Pvt.

focused and understand how to solve

sailing

big ‘yes’ for us.

with

whopping

number

of

machines in the market today. The growth of our company not only in

terms of number of machines rose,

but also the range. We developed lot of newer equipment in India like EPE /

Q. Plastics remain in the eye of the storm. What according to you is the recommended approach forward?

EPS / XPS foam recycling plants, full

These phenomena are not new and is

Today, we have the major market share

have been targeted by industries as

growing rapidly.

a better and cheaper replacement

their WOW efforts. Recently, we have delivered a line for recycling multilayer

with PE / CPP / PET (6%) waste, which is running successfully since the last 3 months. Customer is also producing

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polymer waste of today or in future. We

have seen that multilayer recycling has become an international challenge and

hence we have taken up this challenge to

recycle

the

same

with

proper

utilities. Now we realise that it is easy,

provided the customer is a bit flexible to adapt to our suggestions and make necessary changes to achieve the right reusable mix.

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they lost the market share to plastics -

with ITC Ltd., Bengaluru jointly under

to take up any challenge to recycle any

sensitising common man with non-

of India under our brand GMS and are

multilayer plastics (MLP). We did few trials

team of technical experts who are ready

wood, paper etc. These industries have

prevalent worldwide. For years, plastics

We are now working on recycling

Gamma Meccanica S.p.A., Italy has a

Q. With over 98% of your business coming from overseas, what according to you are necessary ingredients for technology providers to be successful in global markets?

and semi-automatic washing plants etc.

Q. Any new recycling technologies on the horizon that you believe will have a positive impact on recycling.

the unique technologies you offer to the market.

to their product - be it glass, metal, found a nice way to target plastics by technical videos and promoting the bad

effects of plastics without substantiating it technically; if they are challenged, they backout. We promote a circular

economy where mechanical recycling plays a major role. It is to help save the Earth from littered waste.

Q. Tell us something more about

I suggest the following:

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LITTLE ACTIONS BIG RESULTS

High Performance Through

Caring Culture A leader who genuinely cares is actually highly

sensitive to human needs. This attitude combined

with passion, commitment, perseverance and great communication will do

wonders in any difficult

situation and challenging conditions.

W

e often wonder what is the major

difference

between

a home and a workplace

More Than Just an Attitude

any help, we not only go beyond our

the one thing which makes them great

each other! Whenever anyone needs

When we observe successful people,

capacities, but also try to see what

leaders is their caring attitude. They also

more we can do for him or her to succeed. As an example, if our daughter is trying hard to get admission into a

university, we not only give her all the moral support, but always care to check

if everything is alright. How powerful immediately see that her confidence has soared. We constantly think like

this at home with everyone, even with guests who visit once in a while. Thinking

of

our

workplace,

meanwhile, how many times have

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in this work?”

atmosphere. At home, we care for

is this for her confidence? You can

Shirish V. Divgi Managing Director Milacron India Plastics Machinery Asia Ahmedabad

my responsibility” or “What is my role

we

asked

someone

who

looks

concerned, “Hello! Do you need any help?” or “How can I help you?”. We often get caught into departmental

or functional boundaries. We have

heard this many a times, “This is not

try to develop a caring culture in the

organisation. This is the most important

trait, of course, apart from many others, in a great organisation. Leaders who

create and develop a caring culture always succeed because they build strong and motivated teams. And, such a

team always wins; not only in achieving their targets, but also inspiring others in the organisation.

A caring attitude many a times is

considered to be ‘soft’ and is often misunderstood. A person with a soft approach is assumed to be ineffective.

But when we see that the person’s To know more, please subscribe to POLYMERS Communiqué at

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Technical Training and Research Institute

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ALOK Masterbatches Pvt Ltd

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Nu-Vu Conair Pvt. Ltd.

Pradeep Chudasama, Asst. Manager - Marketing Plot No. 147, 148 & 154, Devraj Industrial Park, Piplaj-Pirana Road, Piplaj, Ahmedabad-382405, Gujarat.

T: +91-79-29708147 M: +91-9712928201 E: marketingindia@conairgroup.com W: www.conairgroup.com/india

Prasad Group of Companies

Sanjiv Parikh, General Manager (Sales & Marketing)

Blend Colours Pvt. Ltd. Sharad Rathi , Director

Plot No.35, IDA Kattedan, Hyderabad-500077, Telangana, India.

T: +91-40-24361499 / 24360887 M: +91-9885118511 E: info@blendcolours.com W: www.blendcolours.com

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Deep Plast Industries Ramesh Patel, Partner

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T: +91-2764-286032 / 286450 M: +91-9825035472 E: rameshpatel@deepplast.com W: www.deepplast.com

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n Extruders & Extrusion Lines

Brueckner Machinery and Service India

Ghanshyam Shilamkar, Vice President Sales Indian Subcontinent

Venus Building-3rd Floor, Plot no 8/A, Kalwa MIDC Block, TTC Ind. Area, Opp. Digha Lake, Thane Belapur Road, Navi Mumbai-400708, Maharashtra.

T: +91-22-61674991 E: ghanshyam.shilamkar@brueckner.com W: www.brueckner.com

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Windsor Machines Ltd.

Jitesh R. Patel, Sr. General Manager

Plot No. 5402-5403, Phase-IV, G.I.D.C., Vatva, Ahmedabad-382445, Gujarat.

T: +91-79-25841111 / 25841591 M: +91-9825048939 E: jitesh.patel@windsormachines.com W: www.windsormachines.com

n Injection Moulding Machines

Mifa Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Abhay Upadhye, Director

703, Akik, S. G. Highway, Opp. Rajpath Club, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad-380015, Gujarat.

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Reactive or Reinforced Resins

Davis-Standard, LLC

Debbie Crowley, Global Marketing Administrator

1 Extrusion Drive, Pawcatuck-06379, CT T: +860-599-1010 E: dcrowley@davis-standard.com W: www.davis-standard.com

Yizumi Precision Machinery India Pvt. Ltd.

Pramil Das, Sales Manager

No.7, Mahagujarat Ind. Est., Moraiya Patiya, Village Moraiya, Ahmedabad-382210, Gujarat. M: +91-7575009363 E: sales.india1@yizumi.com W: www.yizumi.com

Econ Machinery Pvt. Ltd.

T: +91-7046263000 M: +91-9624091901 E: v.chavda@econ-in.com W: www.econ-in.com

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48B, Muktaram Babu Street, Kolkata-700007, West Bengal. T: +91-33-22691195 M: +91-9330862742 / 9830083467 E: kumar_engg1956@yahoo.co.in

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Preprocessing and Recycling

Davis-Standard, LLC

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1 Extrusion Drive, Pawcatuck-06379, CT T: +860-599-1010 E: dcrowley@davis-standard.com W: www.davis-standard.com

n Mixers

Rollepaal Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.

Ashwamegh Industrial Estate, Block No. 394, Plot No. 2, Near Nutan Nagrik Bank Post: Changodar, Taluka: Sanand, Ahmedabad-382213, Gujarat.

1 Extrusion Drive, Pawcatuck-06379, CT

Kumar Engineering Works

Pankil Patel, Asst. General Manager-Sales

Davis-Standard, LLC

Debbie Crowley, Global Marketing Administrator

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Vinu Chavda, Managing Director

181, Por Industrial Park, Adjoining Por G.I.D.C., Behind Hotel Sahyog, NH 8A, Por, Vadodara-391243, Gujarat.

T: +91-79-26870825 M: +91-9327220008 E: au@mifasystems.com W: www.mifasystems.com

Windsor Machines Ltd.

Manoj Singh, DGM - Sales & Marketing

Plot No. 6 & 7, G.I.D.C., Chhatral, Tal. Kalol, Dist. Gandhinagar-382729, Gujarat.

T: +91-2764-307100 / 233646 M: +91-9910273951 E: manoj.singh@windsormachines.com W: www.windsormachines.com

Seven Stars Engineers-FabricatorsContractors

Jitendra Bhatia, Managing Director

C1/704-705, Phase IV, G.I.D.C., Vatva, Ahmedabad-382445, Gujarat.

T: +91-79-25831456 / 25895699 M: +91-9898000221 E: jitendrabhatia@sevenstarmixer.com W: www.sevenstarmixer.com

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n Institute

n Parts and Components Davis-Standard, LLC

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Rajeev Kumar Dwivedi, Director, Lohia-TTRC

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TTRC Complex, Amiliha, Chaubepur, Kanpur-209217, Uttar Pradesh.

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n Measuring & Test Equipment Datacolor Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Subhash Naik, Sales Manager-PCS-ISC

403, Jay Antariksha, Makwana Road, Marol, Andheri (East), Mumbai-400059, Maharashtra.

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GREEN ALL AROUND

Circular Economy in Context of Indian Plastics Industry

All wastes are valuable resources and plastics waste

is no exception. There is a need for mindset change. Aggressive pursuit of circular economy can address this in a substantive manner. and space science to mundane house-

world, there is no concept of waste.

products. In all these areas, plastic

is food for the next entity in the cycle.

hold articles and numerous packaging brings

unprecedented

benefits

in

material and energy efficiencies as well

as performance and economics. Thus,

in the past seventy years, demand for

P

plastics increased by nearly 250 folds.

Bulk of this growth came from the lastics have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. Within a short span

of

less

than

hundred

years, demand has outstripped that of most of the traditional materials.

Metals, paper or glass are being used

by people for over thousands of years. However, anthropogenic experience in use of plastics is rather short. We are still in an early phase of learning in

responsible use and management of plastics waste.

Plastics as a family of materials are extremely versatile, highly affordable and

very convenient to use. These attributes contributed to its rapid growth in

diverse fields from high-end applications in automotive, electronics, aeronautics S. K. Ray Hon. Secretary & Member of Executive Committee Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment (ICPE) Mumbai

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packaging sector and consumers goods.

Viewing Waste While plastics have made valuable contribution, has

this

simultaneously

unprecedented management

of

rapid

growth

brought

challenges

in

in

post-consumer

waste. There are technical solutions to management of post-consumption plastics waste from mechanical recycling to making useful products and use of

difficult to recycle plastics in building of roads, co-processing in cement kilns, generating

electricity

and

pyrolysis

to liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons. Synthetic lumbers made from multilayer

laminates and fashion fabrics from

recycled PET bottle wastes are some of the upscaling examples. While

most

of

the

The refuse from one biological system

In contrast we have, particularly in the twenty-first century, moved towards

an apparently unsustainable path of ‘make, use and dispose’ culture. This has triggered an avalanche of waste into

the environment and plastics waste,

with its high visibility, sits on the top attracting from

unprecedented

regulators,

public

attention

and

policy

makers. Unlike other environmental

issues like global warming, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, which are abstract in nature, plastics

waste is highly visible and is easy to comprehend.

While

this

bemeans

plastics, it is also an opportunity to address the problem of waste in an effective manner.

Technically, all plastics can be recycled

multiple times. At present, the waste handling protocol does not promote and incentivise source segregation.

As a result, most of the plastics waste lose between 60% to 90%

of its original value. In the process, bulk of the plastics waste either gets

solutions

are

technically viable, challenges lie in

the domain of behavioural changes. Here, a paradigm shift is necessary in viewing waste, in general and plastics waste, in particular. In the natural

downcycled or often the collection

and segregation cost make recycling To know more, please subscribe to Polymers Communiqué at

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